6/5/2014 8:58:00 PM Smooth ceremonies at Cannon, Randolph
by Mike Dalton
Graduation ceremonies at both Cannon Falls and Randolph went off without a hitch the past weekend, with 96 graduating from Cannon Falls Friday and 28 from Randolph on Saturday.
Senior speakers at the Cannon Falls ceremony were Bryce Boyle Hoban and Maggie Rutter, who offerend humorous anecdotes from their school years. Rutter capped off her speech by taking a "selfie" of the graduates and large crowd.
English teacher Kate Esser was the featured speaker at the Randolph graduation, and turned the tables on the senior video with one of her own, which can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8Lo8y1fCgk.
Co-valedictorians Madison Taylor and Abby Meyer combined their talks. They, too, related highlights from the class of 2014's rise from kindergarten to graduation, and noted what a tight-knit group the senior class became.
Special recognition was given at Cannon Falls to Tony Meyer and Dave Davisson, both longtime and beloved high school institutions retiring after this school year.
Cannon Falls superintendent Beth Giese has a special place in her heart for the class of 2014. "We both started 13 years ago, me as a 4th grade teacher and them as kindergartners," she said. "It's been an amazing journey for all of us. I couldn't be more proud of each and every one of them."
Principal Tim Hodges estimated the crowd at 1,500. "Dave Davisson and his crew arranged seating for 1,500 and it looked like a full house to me," Hodges said. "The sound quality was excellent this year, the band and choir sounded great, and the speeches were fantastic."
Randolph principal Ben Fisher gave his best wishes to the graduating class, and noted he was glad the ceremony was held indoors. "It was a very nice ceremony," he said. Superintendent Mike Kelley concurred."Graduation went great. Great crowd as always and the ceremony went smooth," he said.