Friends and family members filled more than half of the Hutchinson Sports Arena to witness Buhler High School’s commencement ceremony.
There were multiple performances from the Buhler Singers, the band and a touching goodbye to Buhler High School assistant principal, Kevin Abbott.
On Saturday morning, May 14, 128 graduates walked across the stage to receive a diploma, with 15 National Honor Society graduates, 14 Career and Technical Education scholars, 13 honor graduates and seven Kansas Board of Regents Curriculum Completers.
“Today, our future begins,” said Buhler High School senior class president Kelsi Spann.
Looking towards the future
Buhler High School’s graduating class valedictorian Kendall Birney addressed the graduating class with a hopeful but realistic outlook on life after high school.
Birney began her speech by looking into the definition of success, and rather than chasing success, she informed her fellow graduates of how fulfillment better defines life after graduation.
“I hope that this chapter closing in your lives should inspire you to make a difference in this world – to leave something more than the tombstones later down the road,” Birney said. “Make your own constellation of bright, shining stars because Buhler High School student graduates from the class of 2022 were made to make a difference.”
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Buhler High School principal Michael Ellegood recognized two retiring staff members, Laura Miller, the high school’s educational support staff, and Kevin Abbott, the school’s assistant principal.
“I have the opportunity and honor this morning to recognize some of our staff that is retiring,” Ellegood said. “We have two youngins’ that between the two of them, celebrate 70 years of education experience.”
Miller began her education career in 1998 as a para-educator but arrived at Buhler High School in 2007 as a special education para-educator and continued her career in educational support for 15 years.
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Ellegood detailed Abbott’s 41-year teaching and coaching career – Abbott had been an administrator at 27 years at three schools in Kansas with 48 years in public education.
“We say thank you, Mr. Abbott, for your dedication to the students and your wife, Deborah, for allowing you to work with us,” Ellegood said. “We realized this gentleman was truly a great educator.”