We knew they could do it.
Brainerd High School's Class of 2009 turned the tide in what had been a distressing trend of misbehavior at Brainerd High School commencement exercises in recent years. They demonstrated enthusiasm, humor and maturity without resorting to the tired old cliches of disrupting speeches by bouncing beach balls around the audience.
One year ago, in the wake of an escalating trend of bad behavior at the Brainerd graduation ceremonies, this newspaper issued a challenge to 2009 graduates to stop the immaturity. We urged them in an editorial to show your true class and be the graduates who end the distressing trend of misbehavior. Well, they did it.
Prior to this year there had been an escalation of boorishness. It wasn't any one particular class and it wasn't just the students. By 2008 the misdeeds had escalated to the point where sexually inappropriate inflatable items were thrown about. In preceding years parents were part of the problem, milling about the field and talking while others were trying to listen for their graduates' names.
With a few minor exceptions, everyone was on their best behavior Thursday night. The weather cooperated and the ceremony went smoothly.
Brainerd High School, with its Mississippi River setting, is blessed with what is probably one of the most beautiful venues for a graduation ceremony. Under blue skies the 2009 graduates marched down the long stairs from their high school toward their friends and family on the football field. It was a scene that parents and graduates will long remember.
Congratulations to the 2009 graduates and thanks for setting the tone for future graduations.
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