On Saturday, May 15, Dupree High School celebrated the graduation of the Class of 2021 and the students moving out “into the world.” The traditional Lakota honoring ceremony, hosted by the JOM committee, was held at 11:30 a.m. for the seniors and some received their feathers that day. After the feathers were given all of the seniors were individually presented with beautiful star quilts.
The class enjoyed their graduation ceremony later that afternoon. During the commencement ceremony Malory Peacock gave a thought-provoking and emotional speech that encouraged people to always do their best and do whatever it takes to follow your dreams. Salutatorian Megan Hinrichs shared special thoughts on the importance of doing what makes you happy and enjoying life.
The guest speaker for the program was Mrs. Nadia Deal. Deal was the Dupree High School math teacher and a coach at DHS. Past students thought a great deal of her. She now works for Cheyenne-Eagle Butte School. Deal’s speech was a good-bye to the students, as she didn’t get to say good-bye when COVID closed school before the end of the academic year in 2020. She also offered a lot of advice from her life and what she had learned from her grandpa.
After the speeches, Supt. Swenson announced the many scholarships won by students thus far. Mr. John D. Lemke came forward and announced the American Legion Citizenship Awards. The 8th grade recipients were Zoey DeLaRosa and Braydon Terveen. The seniors were Malory Peacock and Khalius In The Woods. Following these awards, the seniors walked about and presented roses to family members. Then Principal Budmayr presented the Class of 2021 and they received their diplomas from the family members of their choice.
Supt. Swenson shared a few closing thoughts and the seniors recessed from the gym to the song “I Lived” by One Republic.