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THS Class of 2008 graduates 45 students

Forty-five seniors gathered their diplomas from Dickinson Trinity High School Sunday afternoon as the Class of 2008 participated in the Rose Mass and commencement in the THS Auditorium.

Forty-five seniors gathered their diplomas from Dickinson Trinity High School Sunday afternoon as the Class of 2008 participated in the Rose Mass and commencement in the THS Auditorium.

Taylor Braunberger, Chivas Beaudoin and Dominic Bouck provided some parting words for their classmates in giving the graduation addresses.

Braunberger began by telling her classmates not to worry about the future.

"Worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubble gum," she said. "The real troubles in your life are apt to be the things that never ever crossed your worried mind."

As she continued her advice, Braunberger said life is not fair, "get used to it. Sing. Don't be reckless with other people's hearts. Don't put up with people who are reckless with yours."

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She said not to waste time on jealousy, remember the compliments you receive and forget the insults.

"If you succeed in doing this, tell me how," Braunberger added.

She said to thank God every day because you never know when it will be your last, and to not waste time complaining.

"Be a good listener. If you talk too much, you will say the wrong thing," Braunberger said. "Abraham Lincoln once said, 'Better to remain silent and be though a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.'"

Meanwhile, Beaudoin thanked the THS faculty and staff who have been part of the students' lives during the past six years.

"On behalf of the Class of 2008, I would like to say thank you, and assure you that all the life lessons you taught us will not be forgotten," she said.

The Class of 2008 has a wide range of talent as individuals, she said, as each graduate is something, but no one is everything.

"But, when you put the Class of 2008 together, we are able to transcend the barriers of our separateness, while holding on to the advantages of our individuality," Beaudoin said.

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Many of the graduates have waited for this day to arrive in anticipation of leaving high school, she said. But Beaudoin said the graduates will be back.

"It is a great thing, being able to come back to your high school and be greeted with open arms. It's a great thing to know that, even though you go to a college where your teachers know you be a number, you can come back to a place where everybody knows you," she said.

Beaudoin admitted to being a bit nervous about going out on her own.

"But the lessons we learned here will serve us in the next step we take. Here at Trinity, we have learned the value of an individual, as well as the strength of coming together as a group," she said.

Bouck, meanwhile, told his classmates they are going into battle.

"The education we have received was exceptional. From math to religion and everything in between, we are now equipped to take on the world," he said.

Unfortunately, where the Class of 2008 is going to college or work, future classmates and workmates are not as equipped.

"People will bite at your ankles until you give in or win," Bouck said.

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He thanked the staff for marvelously preparing the graduates, as they understand the need for a good Catholic upbringing.

He also thanked the parents, for without them the seniors wouldn't be at graduation.

"This day represents the biggest accomplishment of our lives," Bouck said.

He said the duty of the students is clear: Live as Christian examples for the rest of the world.

"Class of 2008, we are like a division of soldiers. We must be ready to conquer the world, not just slip into its hypocrisy and melt away," he said. "Luckily, our class is not a bunch of wimps. We are soldiers, ready to go out and rule the world, one day and one decision at a time."

The Dickinson Catholic Schools also recognized the Rev. Austin Vetter of Dickinson's St. Patrick's Catholic Church and the Rev. Dennis Schafer of Dickinson's St. Joseph's Catholic Church with the school district's Outstanding Service Award.

Vetter has been chairman of the district board for the past four years, while Schafer has been chaplain at Trinity. Both have been reassigned and are leaving Dickinson.

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