Marion Local Graduates 70

Staff Writer

Marion Local’s Class of 2017 achieved much over its time at the school. Now the 70 class members receiving their diplomas at Sunday’s graduation ceremony are heading out into the world confident and inspired.

“All of you here today have been blessed with many God-given talents,” Marion Local superintendent Michael Pohlman said. “Leave here today with the intention of being great. Don’t settle for being ordinary. You are Marion Local Flyers. Maintain that pride and high standards expected of you, but do it with humility.”

The class, the largest to graduate from Marion Local since 2010, had 26 receive the Ohio Academic Diploma with honors, 29 receive the President’s Award for Academic Excellence, 29 receive a Marion Local honors diploma and 27 had a composite score of 27 or higher on the ACT. They earned more than $433,200 in scholarships.

“You have represented us very well academically, athletically and in all your extracurricular activities,” said Pohlman to the group, robed in blue and gold.

Lindsey Bergman, the class’ president and salutatorian, presented the milestones of her class as they moved through their years at Marion Local. “We’ll use the lessons we learned here to conquer the challenges and changes we encounter,” Bergman said.

Mikayla Spoltman, the Class of 2017 Valedictorian, read a letter she wrote to her younger self, mixing in anecdotes about several individual members of the Class of 2017 to show the values and personality of this group of Flyers, including one who asked Miss Ohio to go to prom with him.

The class chose the blue delphinium as its class flower, navy and silver as its colors, and the Matchbox 20 song “Let’s See How Far We’ve Come” as its class song.

Jessie Kramer  and Jon Knapschaefer won the Flyer of the Year Awards.