Weather doesn’t stop local grads

MASON CITY, Iowa - Students from all over North Iowa tossed their hats in the air earlier this week celebrating their academic successes, and the severe weather across the region didn’t stop them.

“You know, I didn’t think about it coming in but, once we saw the clouds rolling in the back we, yeah it made us a little nervous,” says Mason City School Board President Robert Thoms.

Right before eager hands finally grabbed their diploma, those at the Mason City High School commencement ceremony could hear weather radios sounding.

“We had a phone on hand all the time just to keep an eye on it,” says Thoms.

He assured the audience that a plan is in place, but thankfully they didn’t have to use it.

“Everything went well today, it was a great day for these kids,” says Thoms.

Among those graduating at Mason City High, are 11 students who shined extra bright this year.

“Yeah we did induct, I think it may be 11 members into the hall of fame this afternoon prior to the graduation ceremony.It’s a great way to recognize these kids who worked hard,” says Thoms.

That includes Kyle Weiss. He has been working towards making the hall of fame for a very long time.

“It’s something I’ve looked forward to since my freshman year, I saw it on the wall and I was like, oh that’s really exciting, I want to be up there,” says Graduate Kyle Weiss.

He wants to inspire others to do the same.

“I want to have my name in the hallway, so other kids can look at it and be like, I want to do that too,” Weiss says.

As for the ceremony, he adds that it was nothing short of what he had imagined.

“The ceremony went perfect besides the weather, you know, we just wanted to put our spin on things,” says Weiss.

Despite the weather, it was a day full of excitement and anticipation for what’s to come for these graduates.

Newman Catholic School also held their graduation ceremony last weekend.

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