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Pioneer graduates urged to be brave, bold, daring


    Elyria High School graduates celebrate at the conclusion of commencement on Thursday evening, June 5.


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    Elyria High School graduates celebrate at the conclusion of commencement on Thursday evening, June 5.



    Elyria High School senior Jayvion Benton runs toward the opposite end of the football stadium to collect his diploma after graduation on Thursday evening, June 5.



    The Elyria High School graduating class of 2019 received their diplomas in the new stadium on Thursday, June 5. This was the first commencement ceremony to be held in the new facility.



    Elyria High School graduating senior Kailah Stephens speaks to the 2019 Elyria High School graduating class on Thursday, June 5.



Standing on the field in an EHS formation, nearly 400 seniors threw their caps in the air, marking the class of 2019 graduation of Elyria High School.

It was a night of recognition for the seniors, who were honored for their achievements in music, arts, academics and sports.

Superintendent Ann Schloss noted that “The Greatest Showman” song, “Million Dreams,” was befitting of the event. She encouraged students to chase their dreams.

“Be brave, be bold, be daring. It’s your destiny. After all, you are Pioneers,” Schloss said.

As a gift to the students, two music teachers performed the song Schloss referenced.

Principal Timothy Brown gave his advice to the students: “Never say ‘I’m bored’ ever again.”

Brown told the graduating class that if they looked for it, life can be anything but boring, especially as they begin to do and try new things.

“Enjoy your life’s journey,” he said. “I can promise you it will be anything but boring.”

Kailah Stephens, the senior speaker, told fellow students to find their power in the world, like Beyonce when she said, “I run my world.”

“In life, you cannot always count on opportunities to be handed to us,” she said. “Always remember that the chance to achieve greater is always within our reach. … Never let anyone turn your sky into a ceiling.”

Stephens ended with one last piece of advice for all the students.

“Only you can decide your limits,” she said, “and to run your world because there is no one like you.”

The class of 2019 was the first to graduate at the new Mercy Health Field at Ely Stadium.

Nine students were joining the military after graduation and 19 graduated with an associate of arts degree through Lorain County Community College.

Two hundred and twelve graduates, or 53 percent of the class, graduated with some sort of honors, whether merit, honor or high honor. The class earned about $1.75 million in scholarships.

Brown said that their accomplishments were “nothing short of amazing.”

As the caps fell back down from the sky, the new graduates took off in a run toward the fence surrounding the stadium, headed to the field house to collect their diplomas and then to the family and friends surrounding them.

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