Elmhurst Seniors Turn The School's Final Tassels

By John W. Davis

June 18, 2010 Updated Jun 11, 2010 at 11:24 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - The final senior class of Elmhurst High School graduated Friday night at the Memorial Coliseum.

Students and staff say the graduation ceremony was bittersweet.

"Kinda bittersweet. Obviously I'm very proud that I was able to be honored this way but at the same time I would prefer to see other kids graduate," said Elmhurst High School Valedictorian Amber Worth.

Amber will attend Anderson University in the fall.

In total, nearly 200 of Amber's classmates received their diplomas.

During the graduation, Fort Wayne Community Schools Superintendent Dr. Wendy Robinson gave a brief commencement speech.

Her message: "there's so much change that you really can't control, the one thing you can control is how you react to the things that happen to you," said Robinson.

Administrators say after 13 years of hard work, Friday's ceremony was 100% about the students.

"They don't want the closing of Elmhurst High School or this being the last graduation to ruin that for them. So we're focusing on the fact that this is a celebration of the class of 2010 and it's a graduation ceremony for them," said Elmhurst High School Principal Chad Hissong.

"I had my high school close and I remember how special it was every single time that we had any of reunion because that's a special bond after you've gone through that experience," said Fort Wayne Community Schools Superintendent Dr. Wendy Robinson.

On Sunday, FWCS is hosting a community open house at Elmhurst High School.

Alumni, parents, and community members are invited to say goodbye from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m.

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