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WARRENSBURG -- Abby Roth is ready to move on from Warrensburg Junior/Senior High School, and this graduate can be confident she didn't miss anything during her time there.

Roth, who heads to Central Michigan University this summer on a Division I field hockey scholarship, had a perfect attendance record from kindergarten through senior year.

The 17-year-old was recognized for her accomplishment Friday during the school's commencement ceremony. But like many of her peers, Roth was already looking past the fond memories to the adventures ahead.

"I just want to go experience something other than Warrensburg," she said.

The Class of 2010 has 63 graduates, 81 percent of whom have plans to continue their education in places near and far.

Warrensburg Junior/Senior High School Principal Douglas Duell said the group stands out as unique.

"They are probably the nicest and most respectful group I've been associated with in my 20 years in the district," he said.

According to Duell, Warrensburg's small class size forces students to be accountable, which serves them well in their future endeavors.

"I don't think you can hide in a smaller group," he said. "You have to be prepared."

Parent and school volunteer Diane Newell agreed. As she handed out programs Friday evening, Newell said she remains involved in the district even after her own three children graduated because of the unique atmosphere it provides.

"It's big enough to have very talented faculty and attract great people to be the leaders, but it's small enough that students can do anything they wish to try," she said.

During the ceremony, Valedictorian Cassondra Bruce and Salutatorian Whitney Galusha both reflected on the fun times their class shared, while encouraging their peers to take advantage of the opportunities before them.

"Don't skimp on your education," Bruce said. "If adding the challenge, the extra course, or an additional hour of studying is going to make a difference, then do it."

Motivational speaker and former athlete Daniel Clark offered a similar message in his lively keynote address.

In telling stories about his travels and experiences, Clark urged the graduates to live their lives to the fullest, and with an eye toward service.

"No matter what our past has been, we have a spotless future," he said.


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