Staff photos by Lynne Hermansen

Lynne Hermansen
Gardner-Edgerton High School held their 120th Annual Commencement Saturday, May 21.
The ceremony for 371 senior high school graduates took place on the football field at the district activity complex with overcast skies, abnormally brisk temperatures and exuberant spirits.
Festivities began with a pre-concert conducted by the Trailblazer Band.
Students were proceeded in by school board officials, staff and their teachers.
The Class of 1972 was recognized for their 50th Class Reunion.
Many recognitions and acknowledgements were given for the Top 3 percent and 10 percent of students, National Honor Society, Kansas Designated Scholars, Kansas ACT Scholars and more.
Joy Haney received the Pat Meyer Outstanding Service Award and Patrick Strick was named Class Valedictorian.
Kaylah Newman was voted by school administrators and staff to present the class with her essay “The Trails We Blaze Ahead.” Her essay spotlighted the adversities of the Covid-19 pandemic her and her classmates had overcome throughout their high school careers.
The graduation ceremony closed with the song “22” by Taylor Swift and a countless amount of love, tears, hugs and celebrating from friends and family.
The 2022 class quote was “I always get to where I’m going by walking away from where I’ve been.”