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Graettinger-Terril holds commencement for Class of 2014

May 23, 2014
By David Swartz - Managing Editor , Estherville News

GRAETTINGER - Twenty-six students walked across the stage to receive their diplomas at Graettinger-Terril's High School graduation on Sunday.

Salutatorian Alexandra Olesen gave the welcome.

The alumni speaker Jim Eldridge kept all eyes on him as he wandered around the Graettinger gymnasium while addressing the graduates and commencement crowd.

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Graettinger-Terril High School held its graduation this past Sunday. Above, the graduates listen to alumni speaker Jim Eldridge. Find more photos at
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Eldridge's message centered around how "some things change and some things don't."

The Terril High School alum cited the progress in phones from the first ones to the current cell phones and how corn was harvested early in the 20th century to how it harvested today.

"What hasn't change is people," he said. "How can we use this information to make our life happier? Power, prestige, possessions do not equal happiness.

Eldridge referred to the Golden Rule, "Treat other people the way you wish to be treated."

Bailee Clayton and Andrew Aeilts recited memories of the class from their kindergarten days through their senior year. Grace Skattebo gave the valedictorian address.

Graettinger-Terril graduates of 2014 are Andrew Keith Aeilts, Hunter Jacob Brown, Baylee Marie Clayton, Kyle Edward Dalen, Tyrell Allan Gibson, Stephanie Kay Girres, Victor Norman Handy, Kelley Elizabeth Harris, Brooke Ann Hoffman, Caroline Julie Koekenhoff, Lindsey Lauren Leiting, Maisey Ryanne Matthews, Matthew Ronald McGrauth;

Katie Lynn Olesen, Alexandra Marie Oleson, Garrett Edward Parker, Ethan James Petersen, Alex Todd Peterson, Alicia Kay Scott, Grace Kathryn Skattebo, Anthony Michael Stearns, Tessa Eva Surcouf, Damian John Suwalski, Jacob Hans Jon Wegner, Grant Peter Westergard and Skyler Rae Willemssen.



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