Seniors bid farewell to FHS
The weather was abnormally cool for the second of June but still warm enough for an outdoor graduation ceremony.
The 135 seniors at Fairfield High School concluded their academic requirements Sunday afternoon in front of hundreds of spectators at Trojan Stadium.
Senior Jacob Mineart was chosen by his class to be the student speaker that afternoon. Mineart opened his remarks with some light-hearted humor after telling the crowd he would do his best to be entertaining.
“If I am unable to provide a reasonable amount of entertainment I am sure the school will reimburse you the $0 you all paid to be here,” he said.
Mineart spoke about how graduating from high school was a rite of passage similar to turning 18 years old.
“This certain rite of passage, however, carries a more profound significance than any birthday because of the long journey to reach this point and the celebration has been well earned. Thirteen long years of hard work is what it has taken to get to this point, and many memories have been created on the way,” he said.
Mineart highlighted the most memorable moments of those 13 years beginning with elementary school.
“Remember all the crazy things we all did in elementary school? Things like nap time, intense games of foursquare, the recorder, cursive writing that we still use daily, and much more,” he said.
Mineart later touched on an accomplishment in high school he and his class are very proud of.
“Here [in high school] we started our class’s tradition of winning best homecoming float for four years in a row!” he said. “We also were greeted with a lot more stairs, both the ones you climb and the ones you get from being an obnoxious freshman.”
Principal Aaron Becker said in an interview today he is honored to have mentored the class of 2013.
“Each kid has their own individual struggles that they’ve gone through during their high school career,” he said. “They’ve all found a way to meet their goals.”
A few of the graduating students have had serious health scares this year. Jennifer Clements underwent open-heart surgery in March. Cody Cohen has a blood disease that prevents his bone marrow from producing healthy blood cells. Becker said Cohen had been cleared for release from the hospital just in time to attend Sunday’s ceremony.
“It was so great to see him here battling through everything,” Becker said.
Becker said the class of 2013 has been exceptional and has represented FHS well the four years it has graced the building.
“They’ve been great role models,” he said. “I have no doubt they’re going to reach their goals.”
Becker said he was pleased the ceremony was able to be held outside since an outdoor service has become a tradition at the school.
“I think everybody likes the tradition of being in Trojan Stadium,” he said.