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Onward, upward for Perham's Class of '08

Six speakers, including special needs student Amanda Wothe, will take the stage to deliver messages at the 2008 Perham High School graduation ceremony May 25.

"I thought it would be nice if we offered a speaking slot to somebody who wouldn't normally have the opportunity," said PHS Principal John Rutten, who will also deliver a message at the ceremony.

Amanda will be one of 137 Perham High School students who are expected to receive their diplomas at the 2008 commencement, held at the Prairie Wind Middle School gym.

"Amanda is such a nice kid, always happy," said Rutten, who casually suggested at last year's commencement that Amanda speak at her graduation ceremony in 2008.

"She graciously accepted the offer," said Rutten. Her message will be one of thanks--to school staff and fellow students, for the kindness and helpfulness they have shown her during her high school years, noted Rutten. Her instructors at PHS have been Ann Heinus and Dave Knudsen, of the school's special education department.

Wothe is the daughter of Jay and Tammy Wothe. Amanda plans to be employed at the "Work Center" in Detroit Lakes by this fall.

"Being lucky enough to go to four years of Prom," is one of Amanda's memorable highlights as a PHS student.

Sociology teacher Rob Moser will deliver a message, representing faculty and staff. Moser is also the Yellowjacket wrestling coach.

Three Class of 2008 students will speak: Allison Januszewski, Amanda Snyder and Jennifer Riestenberg.

"The memories we've shared, the times we've had together, they will stay with us always. Goodbye is not forever," is the motto for Perham's Class of 2008. Appropriately, the Class colors will be black and gold--like the "Yellowjacket" school colors.

The class flower is the orchid.

Presenting Honor Society students will be David Tomporowski and Becca Peloquin.

Performing the processional and recessional will be the Perham High School orchestra, conducted by Kurt Hoesly.

The brass quartet, under the direction of Adam Tervola Hultberg, will open ceremonies with "The Star Spangled Banner."

Singing a selection will be the PHS concert choir, under the direction of Marie Flagstad.