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ELC class of 2018 commences with 83

Dr. Bill Moreau chosen as ELC Foundation Distinguished Alumni

May 23, 2018
Amy H. Peterson - Staff Writer ( , Estherville News

Eighty-three members of the class of 2018 graduated from Estherville Lincoln Central High School Sunday.

Valedictorian and class president Morgan White gave the welcome and the valedictorian address. White recalled with her classmates that they were once the naughtiest class of all their contemporaries.

"But we've grown through high school into responsible adults, not because we had to, but because we wanted to," White said.

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Salutatorian Logan Newhouse gave the class farewell, conjuring memories of tough classes, humorous incidents, and life lessons.

The class heard from two alumni. Chris Furhman introduced Dr. Bill Moreau by recounting the day Dr. Moreau saved his life on the football field.

"They removed my helmet and my head exploded from the pain," Furhman said.

Furhman recalled Dr. Moreau saying, "It's going to be okay, " but noted the fear in the doctor's eyes.

Furhman said the reason he did not lose any brain function was because Dr. Moreau was there that day.

The incident happened 18 years ago. When Dr. Moreau stepped to the podium, he told the graduates, "You're too young to know about the incident Chris just relayed, but it had little to do with me. That was an act of God."

Dr. Moreau told the graduates he knew they would succeed because, "We're carved from the same stones, made of the same components." Those components are life in and around Estherville.

"The people here are the best in the world."

Dr. Moreau said, "You have the opportunity to be what you want to be, do what you want to do, and go where you want to go. Make life an adventure. You now make your own decisions and can do your own thing."

Dr. Moreau said serving as Chief Medical Officer for the Olympics was not his plan when he sat in his cap and gown in Estherville High School's class of 1976.

"Having a nice summer was about the extent of my plans," Dr. Moreau said.

He urged the graduates to serve others, to become a valuable member of whatever community they chose.

"I don't see you as young, I see you as bright. I don't see you as going out into a tough world. I see every opportunity opening before you. But you don't get it by looking out the window and wishing for it to happen," Dr. Moreau said.

Dr. Moreau presented two $1,000 scholarships from the ELC Foundation to Jacey Morales and Kirsten Natterstad. The Moreau family funded the second scholarship.

The senior vocal ensemble sang "I Lived," arranged by Jacob Narverad, and the senior band ensemble played, "What a Wonderful World."

Friday, May 25 is the last day of school for the rest of the students of Estherville Lincoln Central School District.



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