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Time For Diplomas ... And Plans

The last week of school for the 29 graduating Longhorns in 2024 was full of many final events. Graduation is on Saturday at 11 a.m. And it will be the culmination of years of hard work, and as Longhorn senior Hayden Sours said, it will be “sad and stressful” although they are all excited to the next chapter of their lives.

Grades had to be completed on Friday to have time to calculate the GPA for valedictorian, salutatorian and scholarships. Academic awards were presented on Monday at Longhorn Recognition Night. In addition to academic awards, Recognition Night acknowledges the spring sports – eSports, track, boys golf and trap. Music awards completed Recognition Night.

Even though the seniors have finished their classes and assured everyone that they are passing, their evenings are bustling with activities. Tuesday was the Jr/Sr choir concert, and the seniors checked out of their classes and school on Wednesday.

On Wednesday, the seniors’ last day was also the senior prank day with plans centered around toilet papering the hallways and a few other mischievous pranks.

The full week of activities continued to Thursday with District track.

Seniors that the Observer talked with on Monday had a variety of plans for the summer and beyond.

Katie Kilgore said she was ready to leave school, but then “it doesn’t really hit you.” Katie plans to study to become an esthetician. She will work this summer, then head to Lincoln to further her education.

Jakob Taylor, who was spending one of his last days in his civics class, said he had “sort of” decided to join the U.S. Army. 

Both Rene Raymundo and Fernadno Raymundo will enter the workforce after graduation, Rene’s interests are farming, while Fernandno will perfect his welding skills.

Julia Winstrom will be attending UNL in the fall, while Hayden Sours plans on studying insurance in a two year program at EWC.

Seniors Wyatt Chords and Daniel Hernandez were changing out ceiling tiles in an effort to clean up the student center before graduation. Both Wyatt and Daniel were getting a head start on their summer job as both had applied to do maintenance at the school. When their summer jobs end, Wyatt plans to become a traveling wind turbine worker and Daniel will head to Lincoln to study computer science at UNL.

May 11 is graduation day for all the Kimball seniors. Also that day, Banner County hands out 11 diplomas at 3 p.m. and Potter-Dix has eight seniors graduating at 2 p.m.

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