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Presenting: Oakridge High School graduating class of 2022

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Graduates proffer up a candid photo shoot during graduation rehearsal on Friday. Cailey Sokolowski photo

By GEORGE CUSTER/Editor/The Herald  —  Though 2022 is only half over, the clock started on Saturday for eighteen lives as they go forward into the world as graduates of Oakridge Senior High School.

The beautifully remodeled Jerry Snyder Gymnasium was put to good use for the 2022 Senior graduation. Herald photo

Rain was pouring down outside. However, it didn’t dampen the excitement of the assembled families, relatives, and friends who came to see their favorite young men and women march across the stage and receive their diplomas.

The students, garbed in caps and gowns, marched in (some of them skipped in) to the tune of Pomp and Circumstance.

School Superintendent Rita Doland kicked off the commencement

Let’s get on with it! The grads are ready to walk. Ailey Sokolowski photo

Oakridge School District Superintendent, Rita Doland, welcomed the attending guests as well as those who watched the commencement on a live broadcast link.

The invited speakers, David Gordon, and Laura Jacobsma told stories of grit and of faithfulness of duty. Their words were both inspiring and full of hope for the future.

High School Principal, Tracy Ross, introduced the valedictorians and salutatorians who had words of inspiration of their own for their fellow graduates.

Lots of scholarships


Oakridge School District Superintendent Rita Doland Addresses the graduating class. Herald photo
Oakridge School Board Chair, Kevin Martin, Presents diplomas to the new graduates. Herald photo

Scholarships were aplenty; most all coming from local families, businesses, and organizations. Ms. Doland mentioned that there was no actual money in the envelopes given to the recipients. The envelopes did contain instructions for each of the scholarships.

Lori Fine was asked to do the honor of announcing the names of each of the students as they stepped up to receive their diplomas. Oakridge School District Board Chairperson, Kevin Martin, and Susan Hardy, Co-Chair, presented the diplomas to the eager grads.

Principal Ross gave parting remarks after instructing the former students to move the tassels from the right side of their mortarboards to the left – signifying that they have officially graduated.

School Board Vice Chair, Susan Hardy, shared the honor of presenting diplomas. Herald photo

They were ready! Once the announcement was made, caps were thrown into the air and the recessional of gleaming faces poured forth to meet their destinies.

They worked hard to get to this terminus. We hope that they will remember their Oakridge roots and return with stories of grit and of faithfulness of duties sworn to.


The graduating members of Oakridge Senior High School, class of 2022:

Katherine Josephine Abbott ^+            Justice Orion Allen

Jaye Alexander Beasley                          Tyler Alan Brewer ^

Ivan Chamberlain *+                               Kayden Grace Davidson

Hailee Gjerde #^%+                                Jessie Gosner

Parker Hancock                                       Brynna Diane Harper #^%

Maggie Josephine Harrison *+% ^     Erika Rose Jones +

Kylie Ann Martin ^+                              Trinity Jaden Mason^+

Micah Christian Randall +                    James Edward Ricker

Benjamin Logan Roach                         Evan Michael Sulick +

* Co-Valedictorians

# Co-Salutatorians

^ National Honor Society

% National Technical Society

+ Top Ten

Herald photo

Many thanks to Cailey Sokolowski for the great photo work. Jamie Martin kept me informed on how things were going to run.

A full list of the scholarships that were presented can be found on the school district’s website


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