Autumn Lawless screams silently with excitement as she walks down the center aisle with Joe Kain as a new graduate sporting her high school diploma.
Autumn Lawless screams silently with excitement as she walks down the center aisle with Joe Kain as a new graduate sporting her high school diploma.

   1,355 days.

   That’s how long ago, senior class speaker Matt Meincke estimated he and his fellow classmates first walked the halls of Ripon High School as freshmen.

   During their four years attending the high school, he noted they received the tools to succeed in life.

   But what does it mean to be successful in life and what does it take to achieve it?

   Meincke and several other speakers — senior class speaker Emily Fritts and teacher James Cardinal — offered their suggestions for the class of 2019.

   They spoke last week Saturday as the senior class graduation speakers during the ceremony held in the Ripon High School gymnasium. At the program, 118 students received their diplomas.

   “As you look back on today, remember what got you here sitting in those seats with a gown, cap and orange and black tassel,” Meincke said. “Each and every one of us is surrounded by our own unique support system, whether that be your teacher, your family or friends. It’s important to know we did not make it here alone ... Embrace them, the relationship you build to help build yourself.”

Read the full story in the May 29, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.