Class of ’14 graduates

FAIRMONT – Members of the Fairmont High School Class of 2014 were in their first week of kindergarten on Sept. 11, 2001. Although too young to comprehend the horror of the world-shattering events of that day, perhaps it was the reaction of the adults around them that inspired them to be kind.

“This is the legacy we’re leaving behind as people,” said Zach Brown, class speaker at the commencement program Sunday.

While Fairmont High School students competed and excelled at state competitions in almost every athletic and fine arts activity, underclassmen told Brown they would remember something else about the seniors.

“They will miss how much fun we are and our kindness,” Brown said. “This is a success that surpasses every other.”

The second class speaker, Courtney Guetter, likened her classmates to a cookie.

“It takes a lot of ingredients,” she said. “When we all come together, we accomplish major achievements.”

Principal Kim Niss told the class that commencement marks the beginning of a new life, one where they choose their destiny.

“Be proud of the choices you make,” she said. “Let your choices begin. Congratulations!”

More than half of the 120 students who received diplomas graduated with honors or above.

Nicholas Roggow, senior class president, called the class roll call as students came forward to receive their diplomas from Diane Gerhardt, school board president, and Nicole Green, board member.

Also participating in the program were Joe Brown, superintendent of schools, the Fairmont High School concert band, under the direction of Kate Kallenbach, and the concert choir, under the direction of Cliff Janke.