Eleven members of the William Mason High School Class of 2016 were honored for their decision to serve their country during a Blue Star Ceremony in the school’s auditorium on May 13.
"We are so proud of each one of you," shared Dr. Gail Kist-Kline, superintendent during her opening remarks to the students and their families and classmates. “Thank you, on behalf of everyone here, for your dedication, commitment and willingness to serve your country to protect our freedoms."
Students honored at the ceremony included: Andrew Davidson (Army), Tyler Henry (Marines Reserves), Garrett Johnson (Army), Cole Kinser (Army ROTC Purdue), Jared Lucke (Marines) Quinn Long (Air Force ROTC Miami University), Connor McNulty (Marines), Adam Manning (Air Force), James Oden (Army), Jake Tracy (Air Force), and Tucker Welsh (Marines).
The MHS Honors Concert Choir, under the direction of Jason McKee, sang a moving rendition of The National Anthem, and members of the American Legion Post 194 presented the flags. MHS Assistant Principal Bill Rice introduced each enlisted senior and recognized the students' branches of service. District Attendance Officer Rick Huff shared closing remarks and a blessing.
“Today during this Blue Star ceremony, we pay tribute to all those who have gone before us, and it here that we pass freedom’s torch to a new generation of heroes. This group of courageous young men and women will be entrusted with the future and legacy of the United States of America. Today we say thank you for choosing the path of honor, sacrifice, courage and service. We will pray that God brings you back to us, and should you not come back to us, we trust that you will be safe with Him until we meet again,” said Huff.
Following the ceremony, Mason City Schools Board of Education members, along with MHS faculty, administration, students and families, had the opportunity to meet the 11 seniors, shake their hands, and offer their thanks.