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8A Wednesday, June 20, 2012 FeatherRiver Bulletin LL A helicopter adorns a graduate's cap. Photos by Laura Beaton Sara Murphy is all smiles after receiving her diploma. QHS, from page 1A past and the future. In their struggle to look both backward and forward, "We forget to look at the pre- sent." Braddick aclnowl- edged that the QHS slogan, "Diverse but United," would haunt them a little longer. She urged her fellow gradu- ates to "include the here and now in the scope of your world. We are who we are -- to each his own." The next speaker was Valedictorian Garrett Hag- wood. He took the podium and addressed the crowd with a song about "it takes two." Hagwood told the audi- ence that "the Class of 2012 is blessed -- we have all bene- fited by discovering our pas- sion." Hagwood, an accom- plished musician, likened his class to a symphony: "It takes every instrument and every player to forge togeth- er a harmonious orchestra and complete the sound of music." 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Youth unemploy- ment has reached nearly 20 percent, she told the audi- ence, and her generation may be the first to not do bet- ter than their parents -- a scary thought for all. "I am making the point that oppor- tunity and greatness arrive from struggle." A performance by "Red Clay," featuring Hagwood on saxophone, Rubalcava-Cu- nan on electric piano, broth- ers Chris and Nathan Retal- lack on bass and guitar, ancl Emmanuel Lemnah on drums, was followed by the presentation of the Trojan of the Year award. Chris Murray was recog- nized for his dedication to QHS. Among his many gten- erous contributions was procuring a $30,000 grant for the culinary arts program, and another substantial grant that allowed the wood- shop to be resurrected and subsequently utilized for adult education classes. Mur- ray also mentored a student in his senior project. Senior Koby Barker intro- duced keynote speakers JoAnne Rotta and Greg Gruner. Long-term teachers, the pair related the similari- ties of their own paths to that of the graduates in that. they, too, have longed for this day to come, and that they are also older and hope- fully wiser. Gruner invited the gradu- ates to "dream big, work hard." He told them, "Goals are important, but you gotta enjoy the ride; twists and turns are where the magic lies." Gruner, retiring after 30 years teaching science and math, encouraged the graduates to complete the circle and contribute to their communities, wherever that may be. Gruner gave the crowd a brief chemistry lesson when Mason Kennedy wears a host of he told the graduates, "You are not really sitting on your chairs. The electrons in your gowns and in the chairs are repelling each Other, so you're not really touching those chairs." He told the students that they needed to discover their own greater truth, and that the community needs them to do that now. He told them, "The challenge is huge, but hey, it's the ultimate adven- ture. Take your spirits and voices, go, and do goo d things." Rotta told the crowd that 36 years ago she spoke to her first group of graduates in her first'year of teaching. Now she was speaking to her last.. She said her film appre- ciation class was attended by many seniors, who taught her "to take life a bit less flower leis. seriously." Rotta encouraged students to move away from Plumas County. "You will never realize vchat a wonder- ful hometown you have until you live elsewhere." She quoted Thoreau and Steve Jobs, who said, "Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life ... Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition." And then it was time for Plumas Unified School Dis- trict board member Bob Tuerck to hand out the diplo- mas. Soon the graduates were standing proud and tall, diplomas in hand, the apples of approximately 500 gazing eyes. The students threw their caps in the air, and the Class of 2012 graduation ceremony came to a close. End-of-yea r ,00,erem _. :y Plumas Charter School students in grades K-6 participate in an end-of-year ceremony June 7. The 20-plus students performed several songs they had learned throughout the year with music teacher Eliza Hardee, while their parents sniffled and took photos. Teachers Kara Burkhead and Cindy Thackeray praised the students and parents for the successful completion of another school year They handed out ceramic fish to each of the students to represent the student's transition from farmer to fisherman. The imagery comes from a story close to teacher Burkhead's heart and symbolizes the child's graduation from one level of learning to the next. Photo courtesy Plumas Charter School CANCER.-. HEART::.-. 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