McPherson High School (MHS) celebrated its 128th graduation Saturday in the Roundhouse, where MHS Principal Bret McClendon congratulated the graduates and offered them one final piece of advice.


McPherson High School (MHS) celebrated its 128th graduation Saturday in the Roundhouse, where MHS Principal Bret McClendon congratulated the graduates and offered them one final piece of advice.
“Be nice. You never know when you’ll need someone’s help,” McClendon said. “You have, as a class, impressed me. I’m sure you’ll go on to do great things.”
From there, Salutatorian Drew Harger brought some levity to the proceedings.
“I’m pleased to announce everyone here received at least a bronze on the work keys test,” Harger said. “Congratulations class of 2011. You’re ready to fry stuff.”
Valedictorian Paul Burghart also used some humor in his speech.
“We survived the rapture that was supposed to happen at 6 a.m.,” Burghart joked, referring to the defunct prophecy that the world would end on May 21. “But, it leaves me with a problem, as I didn’t plan on giving a speech today.”
Finally, McPherson College President Michael Schneider exhorted students to get in touch with their artistic sides as they leave high school.
“I encourage you to keep creating. Embrace that impatient side of yourselves,” Schneider said. “Class of 2011, it’s time to break those number two pencils. Go jump out of some swings.”