By CHRIS EDENS
A packed house at Mustang Stadium cheered on 141 Oologah graduates Saturday night.
The Class of 2014 filed into the stadium as the band played the traditional Pomp and Circumstance. High school principal Robert Schornick led the seniors in one last chant of Mustang Magic.
“Good luck and good fortune and my best wishes for your future success,” Schornick said.
The high school concert choir sang “Maybe Someday” by Terre McPheeters. There was an audio malfunction with the music, but the choir finished the song acapella. After the song, Schornick told choir director Schuyler Adkins his students never missed a beat.
Superintendent Rob Armstrong addressed the crowd and the graduating class. He recognized veterans in the crowd in honor of National Armed Services Day. He also recognized six seniors who have joined the military and he said one was absent because he was already in basic training.
The band played the original composition “Dark Cloud Oologah.” Schornick introduced valedictorian Josh Snook and salutatorian Travis Kepler.
He said the valedictorian speech would be a little different this year because Kepler would assist Snook with his speech. Kepler stood behind Snook and gave different hand signals to have the crowd applaud or laugh.
“My mission is to motivate and entertain,” Snook said. “Since I’m not very good at motivating I hope I can entertain you.” And Kepler gave the sign for laughter.
Snook gave the graduates a top ten list for going out into the world. Number ten was advice from his grandfather, who said “just don’t go.”
Abraham Lincoln was number three on the list with the quote “The best way to predict your future is to create it.”
Number two was a quote from John F. Kennedy who said to find time to thank the people who make a difference in your life. Number one on the list was a quote from Will Rogers.
“Never miss a good chance to shut up,” Snook said as he ended his speech.
Senior class president Cash Dietz came to the podium. He used a quote from Martin Luther King.
“Free at last. Free at last. Thank God almighty we’re free at last,” Dietz said.
Dietz complimented the graduating class for accumulating almost 10,000 hours in community service and then he called the class roll for the final time.
A long blue line of Mustangs lined up to receive their diplomas. As each graduate crossed the stage, they gave Schornick a rusty horseshoe.
A clink could be heard every few seconds as the pile of horseshoes grew larger and larger. After the diplomas were handed out, Schornick asked the crowd if anyone had horses that needed to be shoed.
The senior ensemble sang “Gone, Gone Gone.” Schornick came to the podium again and introduced the Oologah Class of 2014. He led the seniors in a chant of “Once a Mustang, always a Mustang.” Schornick told the graduating class to turn their tassels and blue caps sailed into the air over Mustang Stadium.