Nearly 300 Carman-Ainsworth High School seniors graduated in a ceremony June 5 at Perani Arena. They listened to a poetic history recapping their underclassmen years, watched video highlights set to the tune of their Class Song, “It’s Time” by Imagine Dragons and presented their Class Gift — a Student of the Month display case. They heard words of encouragement and praise from faculty and administrators for an exceptional year of honors in academics, athletics, robotics and music. They made the traditional walk across the stage to collect their diplomas, shake hands with administrators, pose for a photo and accept a Blue Iris — the Class Flower — from their class advisors to symbolize faith, hope, wisdom and courage.
And in a poignant show of compassion, they all stood in unison, raising their Blue Irises high overhead, to give a standing ovation to the mother of Corinna Lynn Bennett, (a classmate who died in August 2013), as she walked across the stage to accept an honorary diploma for her daughter. A flower and commencement program placed on the seat of an empty chair in the front row also acknowledged Corinna.