A drizzle that wouldn't let up temporarily forced students off the Warrior Stadium football field and into the school auditorium Thursday, but the 245 members of Osceola High School's graduating class still received their diplomas. During an hourlong rain delay, principal Rick Misenti discussed with other faculty members over a walkie-talkie whether the ceremony should be postponed until today.
"They said it's supposed to pass over us, and we're hoping," Misenti said about half an hour after the ceremony was scheduled to start.
In spite of the relentless drizzle, administrators decided to go on as planned. The graduates' seats were wiped dry, the diplomas were wheeled back outside and the audience gathered, umbrellas in hand, to watch the graduation of the 10th class to walk Osceola High's hallways.
"If you want it, go get it," valedictorian Lay Hoon Lim told graduates.
Co-salutatorian William Dobson advised, "Do what makes you, you. Do what makes you happy in life."
Justin Young, co-salutatorian, offered his classmates a challenge. "The world which we're being thrown into is by no means perfect," he said. "There's crime, poverty and drug abuse. By solving some of these problems, many of us will be fulfilling some of our personal responsibilities."
_ TARA BIXLER