Congrats, grads: Hastings High School celebrates commencement

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The Hastings High School class of 2017 celebrated its commencement on a beautiful night Friday, June 9

McNamara Stadium at Todd Field was full as over 300 members of the class of 2017 graduated and move on to the next stage of their lives.

Becca Francis delivered the welcoming address and compared her and her classmates' high school experience to an ever-evolving work of art that is now a masterpiece.

Alexis VanVossen, Gabrielle Novak and Jacob Streeter all gave speeches.

VanVossen used the Hastings bridge as a symbol and metaphor for HHS and the community, while reiterating the mantra "be great!"

Novak reflected on memories of their four years in high school, both good and bad, while emphasizing that going forward the class of 2017 make memorable moments and relationships. Streeter talked about how their class has impacted Hastings and the need for his fellow graduates to continue to "put a ding wherever they go," referencing the quote by Steve Jobs.

Eight students were recognized for achieving highest honors (a 4.0 GPA over four years), 20 for high honors (a 3.935 GPA or better) and 14 who graduated with honors (a 3.867 GPA over four years).

The ceremony also served as a goodbye to retiring HHS choral director Lin Warren, who has held the post for the past 33 years. Warren oversaw Hastings choirs and developed one of the most successful show choirs in the country. Warren led the class of 2017 onto Todd Field.