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‘Never forget your roots’
Jac-Cen-Del Class of 2016

Mary Mattingly

Jac-Cen-Del may be a small school in a small town, as Supt. Tim Taylor told the 59 members of the Class of 2016 Saturday afternoon at the graduation ceremony, but added “There’s nothing small about your dreams.” He found the class motto from the song “Monument” to be appropriate: This is what made us who we became. Where they know me, not just my name. There’s not another place the same, this is where I come from.” “It captures what it is like to be from a small school,” he said amidst a full gym of supporters, from family and teachers to the 50 year old Class of 1966. The Class of ‘66 was the first class to spend all six years in the building, Taylor noted. Lynn Bultman, a member of that class, was the guest speaker, and pointed out some things have changed, like where the band was situated during a game, but “basketball is the same tradition as it is now!”

Hayley Bruns’ decorated cap captures her fond school memories. She was getting ready with classmates, including Ashlee Veerkamp and Emily Gunter pictured in the background, prior to the program.

A retired utility industry leader who holds a US patent, Bultman recalled his time spent at JCD. “We did everything with pen and pencil,” collected green stamps and watched the TV on black and white, he said, and added, “And we had much better cars. Our cars had identity!” and many nodded acknowledgment. He admonished the class to not lose track of where you came from. “The roots we call home, Jac-Cen-Del, never forget it!” and he concluded, “One thing we have in common is your avenue for success started right here, in this building.”

The JCD choir than sang “Wake Me Up!” followed by a rousing “Star Wars” Saga piece from the band led by Glenn Unklesbay. Several of the seniors joined the band in their last performance. Salutatorian Kaylynn Baluyot, who has been class president for the past four years, reflected on how time has passed so quickly. She encouraged her peers to have the courage to follow your heart. Salutatorian Abby Wagner told her class that she has said, and heard many others repeat, they were so ready to graduate. “It felt like this moment would never come. I am ready to graduate…but now that it is here I have conflicting emotions,” she admitted. She said most classes as a whole have a goal to go out with a bang, and she feels confident they have, having won a state championship title and soccer regional. “Thank you for the memories that will last a lifetime and I hope our paths will cross sometime in the future,” Wagner said.

Diplomas were handed out by Principal Daryl Werner and the superintendent with the board of education members shaking the graduates’ hand. Teachers also lined up to congratulate their former students. After changing their tassels to signify graduation, they then carried on another tradition: gathering in the back of the gym to toss their caps in jubilation and throw confetti and silly string. Of the 59 diplomas handed out, 23 were for Academic Honors, 11 for Core 40 with Technical Honors, and 27 for Core 40. There were 16 NHS members. Awards were presented the night before, and listed in the program.

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June 11
Tri Kappa charity golf outing
The Versailles Osgood Chapter of Tri Kappa is sponsoring its annual charity golf outing on Saturday, June 11. Proceeds will go to local scholarships and camperships for children in Ripley County. This is a four-person scramble to be held at Hoosier Links Golf Club in Milan. Tee time is 8 a.m., and the cost of $50 per person includes green fees, cart and lunch. Read the details on the front page of the Osgood Journal. Pick up a copy at your local newsstand.

Deadline: June 10

Entries for farm award
Indiana Landmarks and Indiana Farm Bureau welcome nominations for the 2016 John Arnold Award for Rural Preservation. The award recognizes the preservation and continued agricultural use of historic farm buildings in Indiana. Anyone, including farm owners, can submit a nomination for the Arnold Award. Read rules and more details on page 2 of the Osgood Journal dated May 3.

Contest set for July 17
Applications available for county queen contest
The Ripley County Queen Contest is set for July 17. To enter the pageant, contestants must be 16 years old and cannot be over 21 by the time of the 4-H fair for this year, which starts July 23. Read the rules and more details on page 2 of the Osgood Journal dated May 31.

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