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Thirteen graduate, Soma retires after 49 years

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After a week of finals, senior presentations and turning in books, the IHS senior class was ready to say goodbye. On Thursday, their last official day of high school, a traditional senior breakfast was prepared and served by Superintendent Mike Ruth, Principal Richard Soma and School Board President Greg Blue. The rest of the day was spent decorating the gym and saying their final goodbyes to teachers and other student body.

Class colors were chosen as orange, black and white, along with the class flower of a white rose tipped in orange. The class motto was “Chase your dreams but always know the road that will lead you home again.” -Tim McGraw. Honor students included Trysten Zavesky, Sierra Kogel, Justin Bice, Hayley Geyer, Heather Geyer and Kaitlyn Maas.

On Sat., May 15, with the gymnasium full of family and friends, 13 Iroquois High School seniors crossed the stage to receive their diplomas. A welcome was given by Mr. Mike Ruth, followed by a speech given by the six honors students from the graduating class.

Fifteen eighth grade students took the stage to be recognized as they take the next step into high school.

Seniors presented their parents and others special to them with white roses and hugs. They then shared a slide show with the audience that included life pictures and future plans for each graduate. Diplomas were distributed by School Board President Mr. Greg Blue.

Recognition of seniors was followed by another slide show presentation to honor retiring high school principal, Richard Soma. Memories from his 49 years in education were shared with the audience, including pictures from his time in education, well wishes and goodbyes from the IHS staff and students.

Closing remarks were then given by Mr. Mike Ruth, including welcoming the class of 2021 as the newest members of the Iroquois High School Alumni.

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