There are a lot of things Megan Becker will miss about Oak Grove High School, but one of the biggest is principal Randy McClain.

There are a lot of things Megan Becker will miss about Oak Grove High School, but one of the biggest is principal Randy McClain.

“He is just the best principal in the world, and I am going to miss him a lot,” she said. “He cares about every single one of his students and has a relationship with us all. He is much more than just an administrator.”

During the 2010 Oak Grove commencement exercises Saturday at the Community of Christ Auditorium, 130 seniors received diplomas. There were seven students who earned and maintained a 4.0 grade point average throughout high school and two Missouri Bright Flight Scholars. These students earned at least a 31 on the ACT exam.

The valedictorian is Justin Liljegren, and the salutatorian is Mykah Murphy.

“This is a great time of year to celebrate with you because you are completing one phase of your life and moving onto the next,” McClain said. “You have already made a difference and the world, so continue to do so. We have given you the wings. Now we hope that you can learn how to fly on your own.”

Throughout commencement, two students were remembered – Tanner Twitchell and Garen Bindi. Both students passed away last year. Roses were left on two empty chairs in remembrance.

“This class has endured and persevered through a lot including the death of two classmates,” McClain said. “You have picked each other up when you were down, and I hope you will continue to do so.”

Murphy said more than most, the class of 2010 has learned the importance of taking each day in stride and living in the moment. She said now, it is important to look toward the future for what is to come.

“Wherever we go in life, it is important to remember that we deserve to be there as much as anyone else. We always benefit from putting our best foot forward in whatever we do,” she said. “There is no way to thank all of the individuals that have gotten us this far. But I know we are all truly blessed to have a passionate faculty, school board and administrators that care about our education.”

Liljegren said he will remember the senior class as the first eighth grade class in the new middle school, the last to have half-day kindergarten and most importantly, the only class to have never won a class competition at the high school.

“We might have been a small class, but we fought for what we believed in and stood for what we cared about,” he said. “I challenge you to always think for yourselves and question with boldness. Then demand answers to those questions.”

Graduate Britney Grittman said she is excited about the journey ahead and cannot wait to get started. She plans to attend Mid-America Nazarene University this fall and major in physical education.

“I am going to miss the spirit everyone had. Not only was our school supportive, but the entire community,” she said. “My advice for future graduates, be confident in yourself and what your plans are. Love what you are doing and live it out.”

Graduate Taylor Vickers said the feeling she has is almost bittersweet. She is excited to enjoy her last summer before college, but will miss her friends in Oak Grove.

“I have been waiting for this moment for 12 years and am ready to go out and try new things, but I am nervous,” said Vickers, who will be attending the University of Missouri-Columbia this fall. “I am leaving all of these people that have supported me my whole life, which is hard. I am just so excited for what is to come. I did it.”