Custer High School administrative assistant Jan Wilson — affectionately known as “Grandma Jan” to her students — will be one of the keynote speakers for the school’s commencement exercises on Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Custer Armory.
Wilson was working as administrative assistant at Custer Elementary School when the Class of 2018 started kindergarten and has been in the same position at the high school since the current seniors were in seventh grade. She says she is honored to be asked to speak at their graduation.
“Actually, I’ve known most of them since birth,” the veteran staff member laughed.
Sharing speaking duties with Wilson will be CHS counselor Craig Black, valedictorian Mackenzie Laverick and salutatorian Benjamin Wahlstrom.
Rounding out the list of the top five scholars in the graduating class are Logan Block, Tori Glazier and Maya Schmidt.
Also on the program is the song “Fly Away Home” to be presented by a vocal ensemble made up of seniors Lizzie Anderson, Block, Glazier and Wahlstrom and accompanied by Anna Marie Riner.
The Class of 2018 chose purple and silver for its colors and the dahlia as the class flower. The class song is “I Hope You Dance” by Lee Ann Womack and the class motto written by David McCullough, Jr. is “Climb mountains, not so the world can see you, but so you can see the world.”
In total 54 seniors will graduate, all but one of whom will cross the stage Saturday to receive their diplomas.
Those unable to attend the graduation can watch it live on Golden West cable channel 90 and on YouTube on the “Custer Wildcats Activity Channel.” The video stream will start at approximately 1:30 p.m.