Students, parents and faculty gathered Friday night at L.C. Walker Arena in downtown Muskegon to celebrate the momentous event. The school's 210 seniors walked across the stage to receive their diplomas — celebrating their athletes, scholars and artists.
The evening began with students taking their seats to the music of the Fruitport High School combined bands.
Lauren Hazekamp, president of the school's National Honor Society, gave the opening remarks. She led a prayer, asking that her classmates be strengthened for the road ahead. She concluded by wishing the best of luck to her fellow graduates in their future endeavors.
Remarks were also made by Fruitport Community Schools Superintendent Bob Szymoniak and school board members Betty Kinney and Steve Keglovitz.
Szymoniak emphasized the importance of students keeping their priorities in line.
“Don’t get caught up in the sand (unimportant things)," he said. "Keep your eye on the ball.”
Kinney and Kegloviz said this year's event was particularly special — of the six board members in attendance, three of them had children graduating.
Keglovitz, one of the parents of a senior graduating that night, said the school board's mission has always been to give the students of Fruitport the necessary tools to learn. And with those tools, Keglovitz said they have achieved a great deal of success.
Fruitport’s graduating class had several accomplishments under their belts. Of the 210 graduates, 21 graduated summa cum laude, or with a GPA of 3.8 or higher; 26 graduated magna cum laude with GPAs between 3.5 and 3.79; and 35 graduated with cum laude, with GPAs between 3.2 and 3.49. The class of 2012 also graduated 41 National Honor Society members.
In the realm of athletics, Fruitport students remembered their unparralled success in girls volleyball —2012 marked the second year in a row the school had won the state championship.
In appreciation of their numerous arts programs, the school celebrated with performances from the combined bands, women’s ensemble and dance team. Student Council President Rachael Folkmier finished the proceedings by leading the class in a dance celebration.