Archive for Monday, May 24, 2010

A new tradition commences: Lions go out with a roar at home field

High schools hold first ceremonies in new stadiums

Lawrence High graduate Cassie Brabant, facing, hugs her friend Angele Lund following the LHS commencement ceremony Sunday at the football stadium.

Lawrence High graduate Cassie Brabant, facing, hugs her friend Angele Lund following the LHS commencement ceremony Sunday at the football stadium.

May 24, 2010


Local high school grads celebrate

Graduating seniors at Free State and Lawrence High celebrated the end of their high school careers Sunday in each school's stadium. The weather was nice enough to hold both ceremonies outdoors. Enlarge video

The Lawrence High School stadium was filled Sunday afternoon for the annual graduation ceremony, where 376 students received their diplomas.

The event began at 4 p.m., and despite the warm weather, the bleachers were full. Family and friends of the Class of 2010 overflowed onto the football field.

LHS grads move on to next stage

Members of the Lawrence High Class of 2010 were given their diplomas on Sunday in front of a stadium filled with well-wishers. Enlarge video

During the ceremony social studies teacher David Platt was recognized as outstanding teacher. Seniors were allowed to vote for their favorite teacher earlier.

The class also voted for “citizen of the year.” They were to select a fellow student in their class. They voted for Spencer Renfro, who received a medal for the distinction.

Nine students received medallions for achieving a 4.0 grade point average throughout their high school careers.

The day was especially important for Scott Morgan, Lawrence school board president. His son, Calvin Morgan, graduated Sunday at Lawrence High. Instead of the usual handshake, Scott Morgan gave his son a hug as he handed him his diploma.

Scott Morgan delivered an address to the graduates, acknowledging his son. Calvin Morgan, who stood out by wearing a bow tie, said he had no input on his father’s speech but felt it went well.

The graduation ceremony ended with those attending singing the school’s fight song. The graduates then threw their caps into the air.


anon1958 7 years, 11 months ago

This event was meant to showcase the new football stadium but mostly was a showcase to the ineptitude and stupidity of the people that planned the ceremony. Hundreds of parents and relatives were forced to sit on the "wrong" side of the field due to space limitations. The spectators relegated to the bleachers for the visiting team might have well not have even shown up because they were so far away from the students.

The administrators of Lawrence High School should be ashamed of their poor planning and monumental incompetence, but I doubt if they are even aware of their own folly.

cowboy 7 years, 11 months ago

congrats to all of the grads !

The setup was as bad as you you could get

Robert Rauktis 7 years, 11 months ago

I get to graduate in a high school stadium vs. Allen Field House. And I scorch the taxpayers at the same time. Well, they'll always remember me!

We should move these graduations to Arrowhead Stadium where the parents could REALLY have good cocktail chatter.

mom_of_three 7 years, 11 months ago

any of you complainers ever attended a graduation at Allen Fieldhouse? It's hot, (yesterday would have been awful in there), you are far away from the students, and half the time you can't hear what they are saying.

svenway_park 7 years, 11 months ago

Why can one neighbor continue to use the new fields as his private dog poop depository.

Perhaps all the graduates should leave a poop in his backyard.

Shout Number #2!

Glo 7 years, 11 months ago

Why your obsession with dog poop? You take every discussion right down the toilet. Take your personal vendetta elsewhere! Aren't you comissioned by USD 497 as an consultant?

Boston_Charley 7 years, 11 months ago

I have attended high school graduations in the KU stadium, in Allen Fieldhouse, and yesterday at the new LHS facility. You're right, Mom, the fieldhouse does not work out well. Memorial Stadium was a good venue, plenty of seating for family and friends with a good view of the ceremony.
I think people have a right to be annoyed at the set-up at LHS yesterday. The speakers faced the west bleachers, but the east side was completely full, too, and those people had only a rear view of the ceremony. It would have been better had the speakers been oriented facing north, so that those in the stands on both sides would have had basically the same view. A little basic math would have predicted that the stands on the west side would not hold all the family and friends who would wish to attend. I'm sure they'll correct the issue next year.

mom_of_three 7 years, 11 months ago

Charley - you are right that the problems will be corrected, but it looks like Free state had a similiar setup and theirs went fine. Memorial stadium might have been better, but i have never attended a graduation their yet. I feel sorry for anyone graduating outside Saturday as the wind was worse.

Kontum1972 7 years, 11 months ago

hot air balloon then throw the diplomas out the basket..

anon1958 7 years, 11 months ago

cheeseburger (anonymous) replies…

"They probably did the best they could with what they had."

I agree, they did the best they were capable of, too bad it wasn't good enough. The issue is their lack of capability.

Those of you that are complaining about the complainers did not drive from Illinois to attend a ceremony that was about as well executed as the protest going on nearby by the Phelps Westboro lunatic association. The knuckleheads that planned this ridiculous ceremony really need to make a public apology for their gross incompetence.

KU1992 7 years, 11 months ago

Do you guys ever get tired of complaining?

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