Ceremony slated for 2 p.m. Sunday
DUNN COUNTY HERALD
The biggest high school athletic achievement and the greatest academic achievement will be wrapped up in the same weekend for Gabi Flaget.
She will competing on the big stage in the 2017 North Dakota State Track and Field Championships in Bismarck on Saturday and then walking across the stage at Killdeer High School on Sunday for the 2017 Commencement.
“This is going to be the best weekend by far,” said Flaget.
First one, and then the other.
“Graduation is a huge accomplishment and I’ve been looking forward to it for a long time,” said Flaget, a state qualifier in the shot put. “But I’ve never qualified for state as an individual before. I like to live in the moment. State track is the moment right now.”
She’s not the only one, either. In addition to Flaget, Hoyt Zander, Tony Kluver, Katelynn Lane and Rope Smith will be competing at state and graduate this weekend.
“I’m probably going to have to have like four cups of coffee,” joked Zander, who will be competing in four events at the state meet before returning for the commencement exercises.
Graduation is scheduled to start at 2 p.m. in the school’s new gymnasium. The state competitors will be among 29 seniors who will be completing a 13- year odyssey that has taken them from childhood to the brink of adulthood.
The graduates will be decked out in white gowns with orange accents. A power-point program featuring photos and personal information on each graduate will be presented to what has been and likely will be again a standing-room only crowd.
Taycee Butts is the class valedictorian and Maleah Schmeling is the salutatorian. Both will give the graduation address.
Katelin Chinn, Flaget and Zander will also address the audience. Chinn will give the welcome address and Flaget the closing address. In between, Zander will speak on behalf the class, thanking their parents, teachers and other supporters.