Strong gusts of wind propelled programs to fly away and muffled some speeches Saturday night at Perkins High School’s graduation.
But maybe a constant breeze signified a positive sendoff for the 177 graduating seniors.
The wind could’ve been perceived as a launching off point for these Pirates, helping these young men and women sail away from their docks of childhood into uncharted waters of adulthood.
Regardless of the uncertainty, many seniors beamed with joy upon flinging their hats into the sky, reliving their high school days for just one more night.
“This is the end of a chapter and a beginning of a new one for me,” graduating senior Alex Schlottag said.
Schlottag, who plans on attending BGSU Firelands to study nursing, recalled fond memories with his good friend, fellow Perkins graduate Adam Lynn, upon receiving his diploma.
Perkins High School Class of 2014
• Number of graduates: 177
• Going to college: 79 percent
• Going into workforce: 19 percent
• Going into military: 2 percent
“We used to go over the fences to play in the sandboxes, and here we are now,” Schlottag said.
Senior Abbey Seeholzer also looked back upon fond memories with her best friends, Mikaela Caponi and Theresa Kromer.
“I’m going to miss them,” said Seeholzer, who plans on attending Marshall University to study physical therapy.
To say “goodbye” on their final high school voyage, friends, family members and community members packed the bleachers at Firelands Regional Medical Center Stadium.
“We hope the dedication and support and love you receive from the Perkins community carries you through into your future,” Perkins Schools superintendent Jim Gunner said. “I wish you the best as you transition from Perkins High School to the world beyond.”