Sheila Stogsdill

Special to the Grove Sun

GROVE – Dressed in red and black caps and gowns 156 Grove students received their diplomas on Friday night during the school’s 106th Commencement ceremony.

With visible emotion Superintendent Tom Steen told the class they held a common bond because they are Grove graduates.

“You weren’t always 10-foot tall and bulletproof,” Steen told the graduates as the overflowing crowd of parents and friends laughed. “Somebody nurtured you.”

“Consider yourself and others,” he said.

“I have a hope for your life,” Steen said. “I hope you feel good when you do something good and I hope you feel bad when you do something bad.”

Steen talked about the different paths many would take, but in a fatherly admonishment he told the students that they could make a difference and that “eternity is forever.”

Top Scholars Olivia Anderson, Matt Gallman, Meagan Linn, Tyler Linn and Taylor Tate all addressed the senior class.

Anderson told her classmates to “shoot for the moon and even if you miss you and fail - you will be among the stars,” while Gallman spoke about the transition from child to adult and challenged the graduates to “have the courage to try.”

Megan Linn talked about making the right choices while Tyler Linn and Taylor Tate referenced Jeremiah 29:11, a scripture which refers to God knowing the plans he has for each person.

Special music was provided by the Grove Senior Choir Ensemble.