These two Class of 2019 B-W grads entered the full gym as the band played Pomp and Circumstance for the Processional. Photo by Paul J. Seeling
These two Class of 2019 B-W grads entered the full gym as the band played Pomp and Circumstance for the Processional. Photo by Paul J. Seeling

BALDWIN, WI – It was a lovely evening for the Class of 2019 of Baldwin-Woodville High School to graduate on Friday, May 24. The award-winning band under the direction of Mr. Adam Bassak struck up the familiar “Fanfare and Processional, Pomp and Circumstance” by Elgar and “Jupiter Hymn From the Planets” by Holst.

Everyone, family, friends and guests in the full gymnasium stood for the Processional of the 135 members of the graduating Class of 2019 led by Class Valedictorian Natalie Maino and Salutatorian Nathen Thompson.

Class President Lauren Hackner welcomed everyone and had the distinct honor of introducing Class Secretary and Salutatorian Nathen Thompson.

Thompson commented among other things about, “All the special memories we share together. Before me is a class of champions! We all had special mentors, including my mom who was my fifth-grade teacher.” He thanked the B-W teachers and staff. In conclusion he thanked parents and family for all the help, along the way. To his classmates he said, “Thank you for letting me be a part of your dreams!”

There was then a beautiful choral selection directed by Ms. Corissa Vought with the Choir singing “For Good” by Stephen Schwartz. The song has that moving verse, “Things change for the better because I knew you.”

Class Vice President Dane Adams then introduced Class Valedictorian Natalie Maino.

Natalie spoke of AP classes and memories together. Maino exclaimed to her compatriots in the Class of 2019, “Congratulations we did it, you earned it!”

The Valedictorian continued, “Our class was a pretty darn cool class, We had a lot of great teachers and family here, thank you. Tally ho!”

The band then played a snappy piece entitled, “Foundry” by John Mackey.

Class Treasurer Emily Olsem introduced the Administration, and Principal David Brandvold came to the podium to deliver the Administrative Address.

Principal Brandvold said in part these interesting and inspiring words:

“It is my honor to Welcome members of the school board, faculty, family members, esteemed guests, and most of all, students of the graduating class of 2019. 

You are a charismatic group, you worked hard and challenged yourselves while earning honors, college credits, and earned over $400,000 dollars in scholarships during your high school careers. 36 of you received presidential honors with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of over 3.5. 

Eight students are entering the military. (Brandvold asked those students to stand). Our community thanks you and wishes you well. 

The Class of 2019 was never dull.  In the class of 2019 we had actors, musicians, singers, debaters, multi-sport athletes, apprentices and even some comedians with an abundance of talent and students that loved both school and work.

You were devoted supporters of your teams. When that 38-yard field goal was kicked I was inspired. And I was inspired by your other many sports accomplishments, soccer going to state, girls hockey and softball, all great teams!. We just found out that Dane Adams is going to State track! Band won State, Choir was fantastic, as was Forensics and more.

I just wish you didn’t have to take so many pictures…

All in all, you had fun and represented yourselves well. You took advantage of what the school had to offer.

I know you will continue to show up. Have good thoughts, good words and good deeds. Enjoy your friends and family during this special time of celebration.  You have earned it. Congratulations and my most sincere thank you to the class of 2019.  We will miss you!” their Principal concluded.

Superintendent Eric Russell also then gave a brief Administrative Address to the Class of 2019. “You can thank Google, Wiki, and cut & paste for a lot, I know.”

He encouraged the class to do great things and continued, “You have the power to change the world. Failure will happen, that’s okay, you will learn from it. Change will happen because of it.

You were always a joy to have here.

Take pride in your accomplishments, have the courage to start and the heart to finish. Remember you will never have more energy (and hair) than you do now!”

Superintendent Russell concluded the address to the Class of 2019 suggesting to them that they, “Appreciate what the world has to offer. All the very best to you!”

Mr. Russell then presented the class of 2019 to the School Board and confirmed all have been recommended for acceptance and graduation.

Mr. Sell then called the names of the graduates and they came forward to receive their diplomas from School Board members Jolene Bonte and Jay Larson.

Congratulations to the Baldwin-Woodville Class of 2019 who have now graduated!