COLUMBIA CITY — With the motto “individuality makes us different, respect brings us together”, graduation day for the Columbia City High School Class of 2022 was Friday evening.
The graduating seniors sat in the middle of the CCHS gym as a full house of families and friends gathered to watch the ceremony.
The graduation ceremony began with a procession of the seniors. Then Superintendent Dr. Laura McDermott welcomed the crowd and thanked the entire faculty.
“I would like to say congratulations to our graduates on reaching this milestone in your life,” McDermott said. “Well done.”
CCHS Principal Braden Mullett spoke to the graduates. He said “my heart is full today. It’s full of pride, excitement, joy, of nervousness......I want you to take care of others, give up yourself and make others’ lives better every day.....Class of 2022, you did it. God Bless you, and congratulations on this new chapter.”
Eagle Tech Academy Facilitator Joe Urschel also spoke to the graduates.
“You are robed in victory,” Urschel said.
The CCHS graduating Class of 2022 has five valedictorians, including Garrett Banuelos, Jack Mills, Lila Ward, Ashleigh Hoskins and Savanna Reed. Each valedictorian gave an inspiring and motivating speech to their classmates.
“First off, I would like to thank all the people who have helped me get to where I am today,” Banuelos said. “Realize that time is a precious thing.”
This fall, Banuelos plans to attend the Indiana University of Bloomington to study clinical psychology and Spanish; Mills plans to attend Purdue Fort Wayne to study actuarial science; Ward plans to attend Rose Hulman Institute of Technology to study chemical engineering; Hoskins intends to attend the University of Evansville to study biology; and Reed plans to attend the University of Northwestern Ohio to study business administration.
The CCHS Class of 2022 includes Jacob Acres, Bryann Adams, Skylar Akey, Charles Alderice, Mckayla Amaro, Hannah Arnold, Jacob Arnold, Jared Arntz, Baylie Ault, Mason Baker, Parker Baker, Sawyer Bales, Garrett Banuelos, Tabitha Barcus, Brody Barker, Lyle Baron, Abraham Barrera, Morgan Barron, Christopher Bartol, Kameron Beezley, Brady Bell, Sarah, Bentley, Adelyn Berry, Makayla Bianski, Sean Bledsoe, Connor Bloomfield, Daniel Blosser, Gregory Bolt, Breanna Born, Rebecca Boyd, Hailey Braun, Colleen Britten, Ashlynn Geiger-Brower, Jayden Brown, Mason Buckles, Christopher Butler, John Cain, Mercede Lea Cannon, Vivica Chacon, Benjamin Christen, Hannah Christen, Colton Clem, Ian Clifford, Zoe Collings, Kelsey Conley, Kirbyana Coons, Corbin Copeland, Connor Cornewell, Gabriella Coronato, Rachel Cotterman, Ataiya Coy, Cameron Craig, Rachel Craig, Brennan Crandall, Jaxon Crawford, Karen Dominguez Cruz, Brock Dailey, Tyler Darley, Elise Darrigan, Kasey Dellinger, Rebecca Driver, Danielle Dunham, Kameron Eiler, Nicholas Ellenberger, Madison Elliott, Parker Elliott, Taylor Ellis, Ryan Elston, Jonathon Emmert, Noah Finefrock, Elizabeth Forschner, Maddux Foust, Eden Freeman, Connor Fry, Evan Fudge, Abigail Furlotte, Amber Galloway, Cela Gambrell, Owen Gates, Ashtin Geiger, Trace Geiger, Vivian German, Jaidyn Gilbert, Michala Gilles, Samuel Gladd, Madelyn Goldner, Gavin Good, Easton Grigsby, Taylor Hack, Gage Hale, Austin Hall, Chloe Hampton, Mykayla Harpel, Samanatha Harris, Ian Harrold, Quentin Harrold, Natalie Haselby, Alexander Hendrick, Jazelyn Hemphill, Alexis Henderson, Earl Herron, Hunter Herron, Jacob Hildebrand, Kenneth Hinen, Hannah Hoffman, Breanna Holtzman, Ashleigh Hoskins, Matthew Hoskins, Samuel Hunter, Lathen Huntley, Thomas Huntley, Matthew Hyndman, Esther Jagger, Cadell Johnson, Courtney Johnson, Dalen Johnson, Emily Johnson, Bailey Jones, Addison Jordan, Andrei Jordan, Jacklyn Jubinville, Camdyn Judd, Maggie Kauffman, Jazlynn Kemp, Chase Kidd, Simon Kilgore, Ella Kirchner, Garrett Klefeker, Lindsey Kleiman, Evan Krick, Zoe Krick, Lilyana Lahr, Morgan Lahr, Lily Lane, Riley Langley, Conner LaRue, Gabrielle Laursen, Kameron Laux, Makayla Lee, Ivan Lesley, Brooke Lickey, Trevor Lickey, Jude Lieb, Paige Liston, Isaiah Litherland,Blaze Long, Hailee Lundblad, Gavin Macy, Allan Maggard, Tyler Maggart, Rebekah Marshall,Ricco Martinez, Caitlin McCoy, Kiel McCoy, Mollie McCoy, Abigail Metz, Averie Meyer, Adin Miller, Jack Mills, Seth Mills, Madison Miner, Max Moehle, Jackson Moore, Jalea Morrison, Cole Mosier, Emily Mullett, Caris Murphy, Elisabeth Muzzy, Liberty Nelson, Carter Nickolson, Anthony Vranas Ochoa, Meliah Orr, Julian Osselaer, Clay Ousley, Vanessa Parke, Abigail Peguignot, Abby Peterson, Jasmine Petras, Lauren Platt, Peyton Pope, Kassidy Porter, Joshua Potts, Carlie Price, Hayley Puckett, Karisa Randazzo, Savanna Reed, Noah Rensner, Syd Revers, Mackenzie Rhea, Zachary Rhea, Cohen Richardson, Maylee Ridenour, Hayleigh Robert, Kendra Roberts, Grace Romine, Sarah Ropp, Tucker Ropp, Sebastian Rose, Grace Rupert, Marshall Rush, Aidan Sanderson, Tristan Saye, Anna Schrader, Baylie Shipley, Savannah Shively, Karris Sigler, Laura Silva, Jackson Smith, Penelope Campos-Soto, Amanda South, Noelani Stahl, Evelyn Stein, Avery Stellhorn, Audrey Stemen, Augustus Stender, Maxwell Stetler, Keelan Stewart, Haven Stier, Josephine Stinson, Landon Stoll, Amelia Story, Hunter Strack, Jake Straub, Logan Tackett, Austin Taylor, Catherine Terwilliger, Haley Thompson, Jessica Thompson, Austin Timm, Courtney Tobin, Analyz Diaz Torres, Hannah Tower, Logan Trier, Brock Uher, Jeremiah Urrutia, Gideon Wagner, Kaden Ward, Kayanna Ward, Lila Ward, Samuel Weber, Natalie Weimer, Jillian Whaley, Mia Wheeler, Trevor Wheeler, Joseph White, Hailey Whiteleather, Brock Williamson, Cassidy Willson, Calli Wireman, Devin Wirick, Kaya Wolfe, Angelica Yelton and Zachary Young.