2012-05-31 / Front Page

Oh, happy day



The 2012 Class of Manistique High School graduated Friday evening in a ceremony at the school’s gymnasium. Above, Noah Bauer, Rhyan Clifton, and Hailey Garvin switch the tassels of their graduation caps to the right side, signifying their transition to graduates. At right, Valedictorian Emily Aldrich gives a speech to her fellow classmates while Principal Butch Yurk looks on. There were 64 graduates in the 2012 class. The 2012 Class of Manistique High School graduated Friday evening in a ceremony at the school’s gymnasium. Above, Noah Bauer, Rhyan Clifton, and Hailey Garvin switch the tassels of their graduation caps to the right side, signifying their transition to graduates. At right, Valedictorian Emily Aldrich gives a speech to her fellow classmates while Principal Butch Yurk looks on. There were 64 graduates in the 2012 class.

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Editor: Received the May 31,

Editor: Received the May 31, 2012 Tribune today, and saw the happy faces of the Class of 2012. That caused me to remember my own graduation from M.H.S. in 1965. Yes, that was a million years ago! I was saddened when I read that there were only 64 graduates, because in my year there were 150+ grads and I hate the idea that Stique is becoming smaller. I began to search my mind for the reasons for the decline. I was further saddened when I realized that I AM A PART OF THE REASON!!! Like too many others, I left on my search for success. By anyone's definition I found what I was searching for, but at a cost that today I know was too high. I am writing from Arizona, and during my career I have lived in several places, but if given a choice right now, I would be in Schoolcraft County, da Yoop, and Stique in a heartbeat. I have often told those that stayed, that theirs was the wiser choice. It must be that old adage about the grass being greener elsewhere, but my parents raised me with a love for "my hometown" that never deminished. Unfortunately I now have an illness that makes travel impossible, so my "choice" is gone. To all the young people follow your dreams, because you can achieve them. Just always hold on tightly to the place your heart calls HOME. Sincerely, Alec W. Moffat Phoenix, AZ (formerly of Manistique,MI)

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