Keota to graduate ‘Sweet 16’
KEOTA — The students whom Keota High School principal Steve Seid has come to know as his “sweet 16” will receive their diplomas during the Class of 2014 graduation commencement, which will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday in the Keota High School gym.
Seid said today that the 16 graduating seniors are being asked to arrive early at about 12:50 p.m. He said that many of the students would be going on to two-year and four-year colleges.
“It has been an exciting year when you look at our basketball success and our speech contestants and out music program. We just got our Iowa assessments back and it has been a good year academically. It’s been a really positive school year and these seniors have been great role models for that,” Seid said.
The ceremony begins with the traditional “Pomp and Circumstance” performed by the Keota Band. Seniors Kolton Greiner and Luke Lyle will lead the Pledge of Allegiance and Greiner, the co-class president, will welcome the guests. The high school chorus members will perform the songs “The Power of One” by King and “Looking Forward.” A Class of 2014 slide show will be given with readings done by Brittany Baumert and Kelsi Sieren. The chorus will then perform “Showing Us The Way.”
Seid will present the honor key awards and the valedictorian and salutatorian. Superintendent Mark Schneider will give an address. Seid will present the class. Schneider and Keota School Board vice president Lisa White will award diplomas. Lyle will give the closing remarks with the recessional being “Give Me Back My Hometown.”
According to the commencement program, the Class of 2014 motto is “Together we stand, we won’t take a fall, because we are winner and winners take all (author unknown).” The class flower is the bird of paradise. The class color is purple.