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At Indian Creek, graduates will miss tight-knit community

SHABBONA – Indian Creek High School’s “close” senior class of 61 students is preparing to go their separate ways after 12 years together.

Kayla Kauffman, who will attend the University of Illinois this fall, said Sunday’s graduation ceremony and the idea of leaving was “weird.”

“We’ve been together 12 years,” Kauffman said. “We’re all super good friends and we’re never going to be together like this again. It’s weird going to a big school where I won’t know anyone and no one will know my name.”

Pamela Rockwood, Indian Creek School District 425 superintendent, said of the group, about 7 percent will be joining the military, 39 percent will be attending a community college and 25 percent will be going to a four-year university this fall. Others may enter the workforce. 

Class treasurer Lauren Frances will attend University of Wisconsin-Platteville to pursue a career in education.  

“I’ve learned so much here,” Frances said. “Not even just with my schoolwork, but leadership.”  

Stephen Muetze, who will join the army, said he’s happy to graduate.

“But then again, it’s hard,” Muetze said. “We’re all so close. There’s only like, 60 of us, and we’ve been together a long time.” 

Class Vice President Nolan Hickey spoke during the commencement ceremony and said the small group bonded over class trips, band trips and bus rides to sports events. The seniors also worked together during the school’s spirit week this year. He said the group’s slogan would be “procrastination at its finest,” due to their collective ability to push everything off until the last minute. 

Valedictorian Jenni Fredrickson offered words of advice about the future to her fellow classmates during her speech. 

“No matter where this life takes you," Fredrickson said, "you have to put everything you have into everything you do.”

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