New Haven, Mo. - Franklin County R-2 School is unique in many ways compared to the majority of other K-8 schools. The difference that sets R-2 apart from others is graduating 8th graders have several options of where they plan to attend high school and even though the majority will begin the next chapter in their lives at New Haven, others may not.
Similar to graduating from high school, classmates at R-2 said their goodbyes Monday night to those who will be taking a different path in pursing their education at different high schools.
This year’s Salutatorian, Kimberly Hoffmann said in her welcome address,”As classmates, we have been together for a very long time. We are all used to seeing each other each day since Kindergarten. But next year that will stop.”
“We are all going our different ways where we will make new friends and new memories, but this is not the end, it is a new beginning.”
Hoffmann described their journey from Kindergarten to eighth grade similar to a roller-coaster. She continued by saying, “I’ll never forget getting bye-bye bumps in the second grade or how old we felt the first day of school this year.”
“I am sure Mrs. Brune will never forget tossing a fake iPad to Kendall and I. Apparently the expressions on our faces were priceless, but if an iPad was tossed at you, how do think you would have reacted.”
Hoffmann concluded with a few words of advice and a quote by Dr. Seuss.
“Always remember that individuality is the key to success. Dr. Seuss said, “You have brains in your head. Your have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own, and you know what you know. And you are the guy who’ll decide where to go.”
Going out in style!
“Lastly, when you go to high school there may be influences on you but just remember, why fit in when you were born to stand out!”
Following Hoffmann’s heartfelt speech, Principal and Superintendent, Carol Laboube recognized the class Valedictorian, Kendall Frick and Hoffmann with the Presidential academic award.
Frick and Hoffmann were also recognized as Honor Students, which requires a GPA of 9.5 or higher.
Graduation ended as fast as it began and for parents it seemed like it was just yesterday when their child started the first day of Kindergarten.
Best of luck to the only R-2 Graduating class that adds up: 2+0+1=3.