The Herald Bulletin

Afternoon Update

Local Education

June 2, 2013

Grads leave with plenty of memories

AHS class of 2013 weathered changes

ANDERSON — High school provides many memories, both good and bad. Some graduates will recall games they went to or time spent with friends, but for some like Blake Callahan, graduation is the one that will stick out most.

Because, he said, it’s one to be proud of.

Callahan is one of Anderson High School’s 362 graduates in the 2013 class.

Proud parents packed Anderson University’s Kardatzke Wellness Center on Sunday afternoon to watch their students march across the stage donned in red caps and gowns to accept their diplomas.

Callahan said he’s relieved to graduate, but that “friends, family, everything about it” made his senior year remarkable. Now he’ll be off to the military to “see the world” and, with plans to go into law enforcement, get valuable experience.

“It was a learning year, a growing up year for me,” Camille Neal said of her senior year, adding there was plenty of school work and college preparation to do.

The thing she’ll remember most about Anderson High School is the school pride. But the biggest lessons she’ll take away is to avoid procrastination and take learning seriously, she added.

“It’s like, I’m at a loss for words,” Neal said about graduating. “It’s crazy. I can’t explain how I feel.”

But, she knows she’s excited for the future and to start classes at Ivy Tech Community College in the fall.

Erin Newberry has plans to attend school for nursing, and said she learned much from the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC).

“I learned a lot of different things to help me in the future,” she said.

Her last year of high school was her first at Anderson High. Newberry transferred from the Anderson Preparatory Academy and said she felt she could express herself more at Anderson High, adding it was an enjoyable experience.

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