Graduating from Van Horn High School still does not seem real for Stacey Adan.

Graduating from Van Horn High School still does not seem real for Stacey Adan.

“I am really nervous,” she said prior to walking across the stage to receive her diploma. “I am happy to move on, but this part of my life is now over. I will have memories, but graduating is just now becoming real to me.”

Adan was one of 119 graduates of the 2011 senior class of Van Horn High School to receive their diplomas Sunday at the Community of Christ Auditorium. The class includes 13 students who graduated with at least a 3.5 grade point average and 30 members of the National Honor Society. Two students received a College Preparatory Studies Certificate, and 15 students received a George Washington Carver Certificate. The Van Horn Concert Choir performed “Hear My Song” during commencement exercvises.

Aysha Bashir, Lauren Daniels, Felicia Kelsey and Corbie Krogman received the Board of Education Scholarship Award for the top students, academically, who have completed all four years of high school within the Independence School District.

“Our high school years are over now, and for some it came too soon. For others it did not come soon enough,” said Bashir, who gave one of the honor student speeches. “I am happy to have graduated, but am nervous because I don’t know what will happen next. This day begins a new journey in our lives. Stay focused on the goals we have made for ourselves and know that this Van Horn class of 2011 is truly amazing.”

Krogman said she will never forget the lessons she has learned the past four years both inside and outside the classroom. She said the class has learned whom to trust for giving advice and who will keep them on the right track in the future.

“We were taught to act like adults and get what was assigned to us finished. We learned that some of our most valuable lessons were taught by our mistakes,” she said. “Embrace the change. Van Horn is the greatest example of change. We have breathed new spirit into Van Horn, and I could not imagine graduating from any other high school. I am so proud to be a member of this senior class.”

Graduate McKenzie Wheelington said the feeling of being a high school graduate is amazing. But she said it is the people that she will miss the most. Wheelington plans to attend Calvary Bible College in Belton to study biblical counseling.

“I plan on using that degree as the foundation for going to graduate school to study psychology,” she said. “I want to meet new people and experience the dorm life. I am ready to be independent.”

Graduate Justin Moore said graduation is a “long time in coming.” He plans to attend the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg to study musical theater and music education.

“I feel like my passions are in theater and that I would be at home on the stage or in front of a classroom,” he said. “My advice to those who have not yet graduated, have faith in your teachers because they have faith in you.”