September 1, 2014

Emotional ceremony as final class of closing school graduates

Members of the final class to graduate from Newcastle High School in northeast Nebraska got their diplomas last weekend. The school will close and merge with neighboring Hartington Public this summer. Superintendent Joey Lefdal says Saturday was an emotional day.

“I’m not going to lie, there were a couple of times where people were getting choked up,” Lefdal says. “It was hard to hold it together but the kids did a nice job presenting and making it a meaningful ceremony for everybody.” He says they tried to stay on message for the five graduating seniors and their families.

“We wanted to keep things as uniform as possible,” Lefdal says. “We threw in a few extra things, thanking the staff and past board members and current board members and had them stand and be recognized and little things like that made it special.”

Lefdal says they still have a couple of weeks left in the calendar with lots of things planned before the end of the school year.

“We have field trips and a town clean-up day, a track-and-field day and board meetings,” he says. “We’ll keep our nose to the grindstone as much as we can.”

The district has about 70 students in grades K-through-12.

By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton