Madelyne Cain is ecstatic to be graduating from high school. She said she is ready to start college and move onto more adult responsibilities.

Madelyne Cain is ecstatic to be graduating from high school. She said she is ready to start college and move onto more adult responsibilities.


“I am definitely going to miss the atmosphere,” said the 2012 Center Place Restoration School graduate, who will attend the University of Missouri-Kansas City this fall. “We have all grown up with each other, so we were very close. That will be difficult to leave behind.”


Twenty-four seniors graduated from Center Place Restoration Saturday. The 2012 valedictorians are Jenna Clark, Jenna Luedeman and Collin Smith. In addition to a video presentation of the senior class, principal Richard Neill gave remembrances of the class, and the Concert Choir performed “Bound for Greater Things.”


“It’s a bittersweet moment,” Luedeman said. “I am excited to move on with my life, but it is kind of sad that I won’t be seeing everyone like I used to.”


Luedeman, who will attend MCC-Blue River in the fall, said what she will miss most is the family atmosphere that the small private Christian school offered.


“Everyone knows you, and you know everyone else. If you had a problem, there was always someone there to help you deal with it,” she said. “My favorite memories were watching people when they got a good grade or did well on an exam. Those moments of pure joy were wonderful.”


Graduate Chelsea Hamann said she will miss her teachers and the faculty the most. She plans on attending MCC-Blue River for her general education, eventually moving onto the occupational therapy assistance program.


“I came here with my siblings, and I remember watching as they grew up. I was so excited to finally have the opportunity to do the things they got to do,” she said. “I have created so many friendships that I know will last forever. Yes, we will go our separate ways, but I know those friendships will last.”