GREENSBURG – The gymnasium at North Decatur High School was filled to near capacity Saturday morning as family member, friends, faculty and administrators turned out to see 75 senior students graduate.

Following a couple of appropriate selections by the NDHS band, and the North Decatur Singers performing “The Star Spangled Banner,” Class of 2019 President Madelyn Charlene Bohman welcomed those on hand.

Bohman was later recognized as this year’s valedictorian.

Retired history teacher Scott Hime was the morning’s featured speaker. He encouraged the graduates to think wisely when taking advice from others and concluded his address by offering some of his own.

“Don’t ever, ever, ever let anyone out work you,” he said.

Principal Charlie McCoy then introduced this year’s valedictorian by noting the difference between the top academic performer and second place was very close, but that Bohman finished on top as the school year came to an end.

Bohman encouraged her classmates to appreciate the people who have already made a difference in their lives as well as those who will do so in the future.

She also encouraged them to “never skip chapters” in living their lives to the fullest in the years ahead.

Assistant Principal Jeremy Powers then introduced this year’s salutatorian, Eugena Elizabeth Mack, who also served as president of the student council.

Mack shared a few of the things she learned in high school before urging her fellow graduates to work hard and do their best, but to keep in mind “life goes on” and to enjoy it.

Prior to presenting this year’s graduates with their diplomas, McCoy said he was very proud of this year’s graduating class.

McCoy said earning a diploma is a lot tougher than it used to be and reminded the graduates their deeds during the rest of their lives will always be more important than their words.

He suggested the students pursue their goals and dreams with passion and to work as hard as they can to obtain them.

Bohman concluded the program by leading her classmates in the traditional turning of their tassels.

This year’s Senior Executive Committee was comprised of Erica Mackenzie Gauck, Andrew Thomas McCrary, Abigail LeeAnn Morrow, McKinley Rose Ogden, and Hannah Rachelle Walterman.

The senior video was produced by Brianna Lynn Craig.

Senior Class sponsors were Scott Johnson and Betsy Litmer.

The North Decatur High School Class of 2019’s official flower was the Gerbera Daisy, and the class song was “Tattoos On This Town” by Jason Aldean.

Dr. Jarrod Burns is the Decatur County Community Schools Superintendent.

The DCCS school board is comprised of Lizette Bell, president; Joyce Geis, vice president; Stephen AmRhein, secretary; and members Matt Hoeing, Todd Mauer, Chris Owens, and Timothy Roscoe.

Kevin Green may be contacted at kevin.green@greensburgdailynews.com or 812-663-3111 x 7056.