Bellevue graduates 155 seniors
Alissa Widman Neese
Jun 2, 2014 at 1:30 PM
One could argue Bellevue High School's graduation ceremony was the hottest event happening Saturday night.
Minutes into the celebration, wailing sirens interrupted Bellevue Schools superintendent Kim Schubert's address to the Class of 2014.
A nearby transformer ignited.
As firefighters worked to extinguish the small, smoking blaze, a microphone lost electricity and silenced the ceremony.
"It's definitely something they'll never forget," administrators joked after the event.
Despite the distraction, all considered the Saturday night graduation a success. Altogether, 155 seniors received their diplomas.
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Without a microphone, officials called many of their names through a megaphone so family and friends could hear from the crowded bleachers.
And at the event's close, Bellevue High School principal Nate Artino and the graduates shared a final laugh following an irresistible, yet predictable pun.
"The Class of 2014 set this place on fire," Artino said, laughing. "Let's give them a round of applause."
During her address, Schubert said the Class of 2014's defining characteristics are its kindness and passion.
Following her speech, students Kayla Burns, Christian Crump, Mackenzie Grant, Allison Guenther, Ronald Klatt, Zarek Lilly, Angela Mira and Halle Seymour performed a rendition of Green Day's "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)," their class song.
The presentation was the highlight of an emotional day, graduate James Farrell said.
Farrell, who transferred to Bellevue High School as a junior, said his classmates have been a kind, welcoming and accepting group since day one.
He plans to attend Kent State University in the fall and study psychology.
"This is an awesome class," Farrell said, teary-eyed. "I'm really going to miss everyone."
Madison Scagnetti, senior class president and the event's lone student speaker, capped off the ceremony by challenging her classmates to each write their own personal tale.
She also urged them to continue impacting the world for the better.
"Be proud of who you are and the story you're writing," she said. "Walk out of this stadium knowing part one of your novel has come to a close, but realizing there are so many great moments yet to come."
Bellevue High School Class of 2014
•Number of graduates: 155
•Going to college: 81 percent
•Going into workforce: 15 percent
•Going into military: 4 percent
•Total amount of local scholarships accepted: $146,000