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GHS graduation: ‘Don’t be afraid to embrace plan B’

Grangeville High School senior (front) Olivia Kazella enters the gym Friday, May 25, followed by Syndi Stull (Robie).

Photo by Lorie Palmer
Grangeville High School senior (front) Olivia Kazella enters the gym Friday, May 25, followed by Syndi Stull (Robie).

— A beloved former Grangeville High School teacher had the crowd lit at graduation Friday night, May 25.

Kathy Stefani, music teacher, was the guest speaker for the class of 2018’s ceremony.

Stefani received whistles and whoops as well as thunderous applause as she greeted the standing-room only crowd.

“I have missed you, and am so honored to be here,” she said, sharing memories of her decade in Grangeville that ended just two years ago when she moved to Moscow.

Stefani went on to offer the graduates some practical tips, including the following:

•“Make your bed every day. It proves you got our of bed and is a great thing to come home to after a long day.”

•“Never make impulsive decisions when you are lonely, hungry, angry or tired.”

•“Call your parents. Call the parents of your friends. They need to hear from you.”

•“Check your oil. It’s there for a reason.”


Kathy Stefani

•“Just because you qualify for student loans doesn’t mean you need to take them all. Be financially responsible.”

•“Do not let your laundry sit wet. Come on, it’s a few quarters. Dry them!”

•“Protect your reputation. It’s the only one you have.”

Stefani told the students she hopes she and all the adults in their lives have taught them how to fail.

“Not everything should come easy,” she emphasized. “Embrace Plan B – and, by the way, never be afraid to make prayer your Plan A.”

Following asking students to look under their seats to find a “personal touch” — a Post-It note with a handwritten “congrats to each of the 49 graduates, Stefani received a standing ovation.

A quilt made by senior parent Christine Doughty (Quilt Treasures) was signed by seniors and presented to Stefani graduation night.


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