For Audrey Dunshee, the fact that she is now a high school graduate has not completely sunk in, at least not yet.

For Audrey Dunshee, the fact that she is now a high school graduate has not completely sunk in, at least not yet.

“I am not really sure how I feel,” said the Truman High School graduate. “I mean I am excited, I just don’t really understand what is happening right now. It is hard for me to imagine. I am a high school graduate.”

The Truman High School class of 2010 included 369 graduates who received their diplomas Sunday at the Community of Christ Auditorium. There are 41 students who graduated in the top 10 percent of the class, wearing gold honor cords to signify the honor. There were also five Bright Flight Scholars. These students received at least a 31 on the ACT exam.

The class received more than $2.5 million in scholarships. The Board of Education Scholarship Awards, given to the top 1 percent of the graduating class, were awarded to Dillon Amaya, Kassidy Ritchel, Taryn Nash, Brianna McKay and Holley Lewis.

“We all truly appreciate the love and support we have been given,” Lewis said. “The past 13 years have been filled with joy, sorrow and hope.”

Amaya recognized the elementary teachers, saying it was these educators that began the class of 2010’s road to success. He said as his classmates move on, he believes it is important to hang onto that innocence of youth that began in kindergarten.

“You are an adult almost your whole lives, but you are only a child for a few precious years,” he said. “We must enter adulthood with confidence and courage, always remembering the words of Walt Disney, ‘adults are only kids grown up.’”

Ritchel said as she reflects on not only the past, but the present and future, she has realized the people that she leans on are her family. However, she said the definition of family means much more now.

“Our family supports us as we end one journey and start another one,” she said. “But no longer is a family just people you are related to. It is the people that are there through the struggles and achievements in every day life. Here, our family sits, the class of 2010.”

Nash said she learned quickly that although she and the rest of her classmates craved individuality, they were part of something much larger.

“We have worked to create a community where we support, motivate and care for each other,” she said. “Through hard work and perseverance academically, we sit here as Patriots. Our time is here, the lessons we have learned have marked as Patriots.”

Graduate Crystal Daniel said she is nervous, excited and a little sad about leaving high school. She plans to attend MCC-Blue River next fall.

“I am going to miss all of my friends and teachers,” she said. “Some of them (teachers) have really helped me to get to know what I want to do with my life. They have helped direct me in the direction they feel I should go.”

Graduate Joey Hanaway said he will miss high school because of how “easy it was.” He said he doubts the real world will be the same. He plans to attend MCC-Blue River with the hopes of studying accounting.

“I am going to miss my German class. We were together for four years, so we were really close,” he said. “I will definitely miss seeing everyone every day.”