For graduates at Reed City High School, one chapter of their lives is ending while another begins. Smiles and hugs were shared throughout the entire graduation ceremony and even more were given afterwards.

Looking back at his own graduation ceremony, Superintendent Steven Westhoff said he couldn’t remember the words shared, but he kindly offered what he did remember: “I do remember the hugs, I do remember the high-fives, I do remember the parties afterwards and I do remember all of the great times with my family and my friend’s families.”

Sitting in the bleachers Friday night, proud parents watched as their children stepped forward to receive what they have earned over the past thirteen years.

Valedictorian Sami Michell offered these words to her classmates, “Always represent your family and community with character and integrity. Being brave requires compassion — care for others, have a big heart and always put others first.”

The Reed City High School class of 2013’s class song is “Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey. Friday night’s emotions and warmth shared by everyone further proved the faith that graduates have in each other to succeed. Congratulations!