Kelsi Schieber was still in shock that she was graduating from Blue Springs South High School minutes before the sounds of “Pomp and Circumstance” drifted through the air.

Kelsi Schieber was still in shock that she was graduating from Blue Springs South High School minutes before the sounds of “Pomp and Circumstance” drifted through the air.

“Maybe I am in denial or something,” she said. “It has been a good four years, but it will be strange to not see the same people every day. It doesn’t really seem real to me right now.”

Blue Springs South High School celebrated the commencement of the class of 2010 – one of 415 graduates Sunday at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City. There were 152 honor graduates as well as one National Merit Commended Scholar. The class of 2010 received more than $4.2 million in scholarships.

Loriana Biscari and Daniel Philyaw were selected as senior class speakers for the commencement exercises.

Biscari said as she looks back on her four years at Blue Springs South, she thinks of all of the successes the senior class has had over the years. She said regardless of what the future holds, it is important to stay involved because that will determine the next level of success.

“Next year, no matter what you are doing, stay involved and make a difference. Become a part of something that is greater than yourself,” she said. “As you move on, build on the success you have had in high school and make an impact. Remember that no matter what you do, Blue Springs South will always be a part of you. You will always be a Jaguar.”

Philyaw described the life lessons he has learned to the popular board game Monopoly. He said as his fellow classmates walk across the stage, passing go as they receive their diplomas, they should all be confident in the direction their lives are headed.

“Our paths may differ, but our time at Blue Springs South has readied each and every one of us for the future,” he said. “We all have had unique journeys to get here, but we are all at commencement sharing the beginning of a new journey. I wish nothing but success for everyone in the future.”

Graduate Travis Marshall said he is relieved to finally graduate from high school. He plans to attend the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kan. this fall, majoring in architectural engineering.

“I know everyone says it, but I am truly going to miss my friends,” he said. “I know we can still stay in contact, but it won’t be the same. It is the relationships that I will miss the most.”

Graduate Jennifer Rynes said she is happy to move onto the next chapter of her life.

“It was challenging for a while to keep with my school work and not get lazy, but I am done now,” she said. “My biggest piece of advice is to have fun and work hard. That is the key to success in high school.”