400-plus grads celebrate LaPorte High School’s 150th commencement

WNLP photos and story by Bob Wellinski
Sunday’s rains didn’t dim the spirits of the LaPorte High School Class of 2019, as each student shined as they received their diplomas during the school’s commencement. Although the rain did force graduation to take place in Slicer Gym instead of Kiwanis Field, the graduates didn’t appear to mind as they gazed the crowd looking for loved ones.
The grads of 2019 also had something else to celebrate as the school marked its 150th anniversary class. The nearly 450 graduates of this class shadows the three graduates in that first class back in 1869. (For more on that first class, read LaPorte County Historian Fern Eddy Schultz’s column on WNLP at https://whatsnewlaporte.com/2019/06/07/2019-lphs-grads-raise-a-glass-of-punch-to-lester-houseman-john-walker-and-w-c-weir/)

LPHS Principal and alum Ben Tonagel speaks to the grads.

Salutatorian Rachel Gerick delivers her speech.

Class President Noah Perez (right) and Vice President Gabriel Chavez (left) introduce guest speaker Vane Clayton, chairman and CEO of KPA auto dealership compliance services.

LPHS alum Vane Clayton, chairman and CEO of KPA auto dealership and compliance services, addresses the graduates.

Valedictorian Tyler Benn delivers his speech.

A happy grad celebrates his accomplishment.

How’s this for a happy face?

A graduate and a teacher celebrate the moment.

A graduate sporting a brilliant smile receives her diploma.

Friends/classmates share a special moment at the ceremony.

Diplomas, bearing the same LPHS imprint for decades, wait to be awarded.

Class President Noah Perez (right) shows off his diploma to a classmate who is in line to receive his diploma.

Grads on the floor of the LPHS Gymnasium and a host of spectators in the stands.

Flipping tassles, the graduates realize the moment.

Friends share a hug at the ceremony.

It’s all about the moment: Two grads embrace during commencement.

A graduate receives a kiss from his mom in front of the 150th anniversary sign.

Dr. Jane Larson (Asst. Superintendent), Mark Francesconi (Superintendent), school board members Shari Ott-Large and Jan Ribordy, Greg Hunt (Chief Financial Officer), school board members Shannon Hannon and Jim Arnold, and Steve Manering (Asst. Superintendent) pose in front of the 150th anniversary sign.

A grad holds his diploma in front of the anniversary sign.

A grad and some future Slicers stand next to the anniversary sign.

One Response to “400-plus grads celebrate LaPorte High School’s 150th commencement”

  1. Rob

    Jun 12. 2019

    Congrats to all the LPHS Grads!!!…now get a job!

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