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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Pleasant Ridge seniors receive diplomas

  • This year's graduates from Pleasant Ridge High School have left their mark.
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  • This year's graduates from Pleasant Ridge High School have left their mark.
    That's according to valedictorian Rachel Lanter. She spoke Sunday during a graduation ceremony at the school.
    Lanter said the graduating seniors have made their mark on Pleasant Ridge as a class and as individuals. She said they can be assured of their lasting impact on the school and the surrounding community.
    She also said the members of the class have had an impact on each other.
    Fifty-nine seniors received diplomas during Sunday's ceremony, which was held in the school's gymnasium.
    "We are all capable of achieving anything," salutatorian Elizabeth Joyce said told her fellow graduates.
    She encouraged them to make use of their potential.
    "Show the world what you can achieve," she said.
    The graduation ceremony also featured a teacher as a guest speaker. Science teacher Bob Stepanich is wrapping up his final year at Pleasant Ridge. He's been teaching at the school for 20 years.
    Principal Andy Metsker said Stepanich's presence at the high school will be missed.
    "There is no doubt that Bob Stepanich will leave a legacy," Metsker said.
    Stepanich presented the graduating seniors with three challenges. He challenged them to try something hard, do something that scares them and do something that touches their souls.
    He told students it doesn't matter how many times they get knocked down. What matters is how many times they get back up.
    Stepanich told the graduating students to never forget their roots.
    "Never forget where you came from," he said.
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