Graduation Season III

Wrapping up the grandson’s big day.  A lot of these photos are by his dad, including this one.  They will be so identified.  Noblesville High School had a 2012 graduating class in the 600’s.  Next year’s class will have over 800.  It’s a BIG school.  Noblesville has a population of 65,000, and this is the only high school.  It felt like a college campus.  Graduation was at 7:00, the school doors would open at 6:00, we were advised to be in line at least 45 minutes before then.  We were about 25 minutes early and were blocks from the doors.  By the time the doors opened, we were in the closer half of the line.

Graduation Day by The Lettermen:

http://www.youtube.com:80/watch?v=-VRoHjiOuqs&feature=em-share_video_user

[Get the video started, minimize it, and listen while perusing the pictures!  🙂 ]

[Dad helping with a nip here and a tuck there.]

[It was initially a spontaneous moment – I asked for it again.  🙂  ]

[Proud parents.]

[The following close-ups by Dad.]

[Photograph, me; camera, his.]

[Down to Fran and Ed’s, the other grandparents who handily only live a block away.]

[(By Danny, as well as the next four.)]

[Now we’re in line at school.]

[One end of the large building.]

[We’re in the final approach.]

[The line serpentines for blocks behind us.]

[Landing gear down.]

[WE’RE IN!]

[Tom standing looking for us.]

[Receiving his diploma.]

And now a similar series from Danny:

[Tom checking the crowd for familiar faces.]

[The valedictorian – a young woman of great elevation, physically as well as mentally.]

[The hardware.]

[Only one other student – the valedictorian (?) – got a brick!  🙂 ]

[Graduation dinner – bison burgers at “Ted’s.”]

[One more gift?]

[Singing accompanied by Granny Fran (by me, again).]

Well, as long as we’re doing family graduations 🙂  :

[Jami graduating from the University of Cincinnati with a metallurgical engineering degree in 1991.]

[With her mother’s boyfriend and her mother’s mother.]

[Voted most likely to go through life with the bubble a little off-center.  As a result, his high school is soon to be replaced.  (Psst, it’s a fake tie!)]

[Laura and Larry McCoy subsequently raised their kids in this house.]

[One of the last known shots before the hair decreased and the pounds increased.]

[Either a toast to grandson Tom or an original ad for Hair Club for Men?]

[Either the supervisor on her 46th birthday . . . or Doris Day?  Well, it was in the vicinity of the graduation photos.]

Graduation in video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f8SLBqCdWLU&feature=relmfu

Next up:  We return home for graduations and state tournaments!

About tomobert63

The Journey Begins Thanks for joining me! This is the follow-up to the original, “alexandriacardinals.wordpress.com,” which overwhelmed the system’s ability to handle it any more. Thus, this is “Part 2.” As the original was initially described: 10-26-07-4 “It all began in a 5,000 watt radio station in Fresno, California” . . . wait a minute, that was Ted Baxter on the Mary Tyler Moore Show! Let’s see . . . oh yeah, it all began in 2003 when retirees, i.e., old people, in Alexandria, Minnesota, who had no desire to become snow birds, went looking for mid-winter entertainment here in the frozen tundra of West Central Minnesota. We discovered girls’ high school hockey, fell in love immediately, and it remains our favorite spectator sport to this day. Initially, and for several years, reports on these games were e-mailed to those who were actually snowbirds but wanted to keep abreast of things “back home.” It was ultimately decided a blog would be more efficient, and it evolved into a personal diary of many things that attracts tens of readers on occasion. It remains a source of personal mental therapy and has yet to elicit any lawsuits. ~ The Editor, May 9, 2014 p.s. The photo border around the blog is the Cardinal girls’ hockey team after just beating Breck for the state championship in 2008. It’s of the all-tournament team. The visible Breck player on the left is Milica McMillen, then an 8th-grader – she is now an All-American for the Gophers. The Roseau player in the stocking cap I believe is Mary Loken, who went on to play for UND; and the Cardinal player on the right, No. 3, is Abby Williams, the player we blame most for making us girls’ hockey fans who went on to play for Bemidji State. *********************************************************************************** Photos contained herein are available for personal use. All you have to do is double click on any of the photos and they will become full screen size. You can then save them into your personal “My Pictures” file. They make lovely parting or hostess gifts, or holiday gifts for such as Uncle Ernie who wants to see how his grand niece is doing on the hockey team. If any are sold for personal profit, however, to, for example, the Audubon Society, National Geographic, Sven’s Home Workshop Monthly, Curling By The Numbers, or the World Wrestling Federation, I only request that you make a donation to the charitable organization of your choice. You have two hours and fifteen minutes. Pencils ready? Begin! **********************************************************************************
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