UTHS graduates `off to great places'
"Dare to be different,
Hope to be strong,
Strive for success;
Let your hopes lead you on.''
-- United Township High School Class of 1994 motto
By Shayla Thiel
EAST MOLINE -- It was an afternoon for rhyme and reason as more than 400
seniors graduated from United Township High School in East Moline Sunday.
Valedictorian Patricia Reidl told classmates to put aside past mistakes,
refocus their lives and set new goals. Her speech centered on Dr. Seuss' book,
"Oh, the Places You'll Go.''
"We must accept the responsibilities that go along with being a high-school
graduate,'' said Ms. Reidl. She concluded with a line in the book: "You're
off to great places, so get on your way.''
Salutatorian Danielle Jordan quoted from another great literary figure,
Charles Dickens, as she summarized the students' time together at United
Township and urged students to move on, but to treasure the memories.
" `It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. It was the age of
wisdom, it was the age of foolishness,' ''she recited. "Memories are made to
be kept somewhere ... in our hearts and in our minds.''
R. Craig Whitlock, superintendent of United Township High School District,
mentioned the 50th anniversary of D-Day in his presentation to the class and
wished the graduates a prosperous life, devoid of the hardships of war.
"It is my hope you will not have to experience anything like D-Day or World
War II, the Korean War, Vietnam and Desert Storm,'' Mr. Whitlock said. "I'm
thankful for the book `Everything I Ever Needed to Know, I Learned in
Kindergarten' by Robert Fulgham. He wrote, `Life will present you with
inconveniences and problems. The trick is to know the difference.''
The graduates generally were excited after the ceremony, but some expressed
apprehensiveness about the future.
"I'm just happy to get on with my life,'' said Eric Wietlispach, East Moline.
"It'll be great not to have to get up so early anymore.''
Jason Dowdal, Green Rock, was elated at the prospect of being finished. "It's
about time,'' said Mr. Dowdal. "It feels great,''
"I'm excited, but I still feel kind of scared about leaving the security of
high school, where you always know where you stand,'' said Jackie Wynes,
Others were simply sentimental about the day.
"I feel sad because I'll miss everyone, and because this is the last time
we'll all be together as a cass,'' said Jennifer Metcalf, East Moline.
Classmate Jennifer Roberts, East Moline, agreed, but said it was a relief to
finally be finished with classes. "It is sad, but I'm glad it's over,'' she
said as she stood in line to return her cap and gown. "I'm ready to move
The 403 members of United Township High School's Class of 1994 are
Matthew Achilles, Sarah Ackerland, Jennifer Adamski, Brian Ahern, Yolanda
Alonzo, Lorena Alvarado, Darrin Anderson, Shawn Arnold, Daniel Arp, Shantoyn
Arrington, Nicole Ashton, Monique Bailey, John Baker, Julie Baker, Aaron
Balcaen, Elizabeth Ballard, Michael Barlow, Wilburn Barnes III, Angela
Barnett, Carrie Barsi, William Bartels, Susan Batten, Melissa Bautista, Angela
Beardsley, Andrew Bender;
Troy Benedict, James Bentley, Sanem Berksoy, Nicole Bettis, Sarika Bhakta,
Nathan Blunt, Melissa Boarts, Christie Bonduelle, Melody Bowling, Timothy
Boyer, Steven Braddy, Jennifer Brandom, Kimberly Brewer, Adam Brooks,
Cassandra Brown, Jason Brown, Rachel Burd, Leon Burnett, Teresa Bush, Tara
Bussert, Justin Caldwell, Amy Callaway, Kimberly Carlson, Aaron Casas, Peter
Jessica Castens, Christina Castro, Stacy Chretien, Jamey Coakley, Becky
Collis, Jack Cones Jr., Jennifer Connell, Derek Cook, Loretta Coon, Jodie
Corey, Jesse Corgan, Michael Cornell, David Cortez, Lori Crandall, Jennifer
Cravens, Christiana Crisp, Chad Cruse, Sarah Cruse, Clayton Curry, Neil
Dahlstrom, Laurel Darren, Antar Davis, Jessica DeLarosa, Pancho DeLeon,
Trina Denis, Angela Dennis, Michelle Deren, Mark Desseyn, Lucero Diaz, Todd
Dieterich, Jennifer Dobereiner, Charles Donelson, Amber Dooley, Nathan
Douglas, Jason Dowdal, Traci Dowell, Donald Duffy, Freddie Duran, John
Dzekunskas III, Shawn Edwards, Jennifer Elliott, Christine Ellison, Tera
Ellstrom, Brian Engelkes, Ana Esparza, Darcie Everson, Nicole Farnsworth,
Steven Farral, Aaron Farrey;
Jason Fenner, Justin Fenner, Melissa Ferreri, Timothy Fitzwater, Jason Fix,
Renata Fonseca, Amanda Forslund, John Fotos, Charles Fox, Jennifer Freeman,
Joshua Freeman, Jennifer Freisinger, Michael Fry, Jaymi Gant, Abigail Gardner,
Tracy Garrison, Marcos Garza, Jaret Gelande, Angela Geyer, Kristy Gilbert,
Jennifer Gillespie, Santino Giminez, Cipriano Gomez, Elizabeth Gomez, Roy
Michael Gorsuch, Cary Gottwalt, Damon Gray, Sarah Griffin, Renee
Grotelueschen, Jeffrey Grubaugh, Susan Gunn, Eric Gustaf, Melissa Gustafson,
David Gutknecht, Margaret Hakes, Roman Hamilton, Taryn Hancock, Jonathon
Hanssen, Cheri Harper, Chhabria Harris, Heather Harris, Tara Harris,
Christopher Hastings, Robert Henderson, Jonathan Herath, Alejandro Hernandez,
Joseph Hess, Krista Hill, Janah Hipskind;
Amy Hoepfner, Christy Holden, Betsy Horst, Todd Hoste, Amy Huberts, Jason
Huddleston, Matthew Hughes, Steven Hughes, Angie Huntley, Darrin Hurley,
Caroline Hurtado, William Jacobs, Donna Jensen, Bradley Johnson, Jared
Johnson, Matthew Johnson, Paul Johnson, Reginald Johnson, Ronique Johnson,
Teresa Johnson, Brant Jones, Joseph Jones, Rocky Jones, Danelle Jordan, Jeremy
Jessica Karenke, Joseph Kay, Jaime Keller, Cory Kelley, Melissa Kershaw,
Clayton Killian, David King, Jennifer King, Michael King, Melissa Kipp, Krista
Kistler, Amy Klinkner, Russel Koch, Say Kongkousonh, Simone Kraemer, Charity
Kyser, Jeannie Kyser, Jason Landry, Matthew Lannan, Jeremiah Larrison, Hrvoje
Lasovic, April Lennen, Heather Lingner, Jason Linze, Gloria Long;
James Lopez, Juanjose Lopez, Jennifer Luthy, Andrew Majetic, Gina Malone,
Celia Mancilla, Amanda Marr, Brett Marshall, Demetrias Martin, Sundance
Martin, Claudia Martinez, Lucinda Martinez, Amy May, Joseph McCorkle,
Katherine McDonnell, Dawn McWilliams, Neil Meier, Stefan Mende, Jennifer
Metcalf, Stephanie Miles, Sandra Miller, Scott Miller, William Minney, Bryan
Minor, Jennifer Moews;
Brandy Moore, Erin Moore, Rolando Moran, Adriana Moreno, Jeffrey Morgan,
Bradley Moriarity, Laura Morse, Michael Mulcahey, Kimberly Mullarkey, Joshua
Muncey, Amber Munos, Salvador Munoz, Nathan Murdock, Jamie Myetich, Marcus
Nache, Jennifer Nehlsen, Candi Nevins, Douglas Nimrick, Scott Nipper, Heather
Nobiling, Mirta Oliva, Sara Olson, Amy Ombrello, Bria Ommen, Chad Owens;
Artemis Papageorgeou, Heather Parker, Anthony Parks, Monique Patterson,
Cynthia Pearson, Joaquin Pena, Kirk Peterson, Douglas Petry, Tamara Pike,
Christopher Pitcher, Emily Pitz, Melissa Polak, Stafonda Polite, Christopher
Power, Stephanie Prescott, Kirk Ramirez, Danielle Ramos, Natalie Ramos, Bryan
Rasso, Heather Rasso, Julie Rebenar, Guy Redman, Bryan Reed, Heather Reeves,
Lindsay Reynolds, Cameron Rhodes, Patricia Riedl, Jennifer Rios, Shane
Ritchie, Jennifer Roberts, Terry Roberts, Victoria Rock, Aric Rockhold, Jessie
Rodriguez, Jasen Rogers, Brian Roman, Maria Romero, William Ross, Yvonne
Roush, John Rushman, Thomas Ryerson, James Salisbury, Andrew Sallee, Brian
Sandoval, Luke Saucedo, Christopher Sauerbrei, Stacey Schindler, Duffy
Schneider, Renae Schnorr;
Jason Sellers, Johnathon Sens, Christopher Serra, Denise Serrano, Matthew
Sharpe, Dawn Sherer, Rae Short, Jereamy Shouse, Jill Sigler, Aaron Smith,
Billy Smith, Brandie Smith, Jacquline Smith, Josette Solis, Tara Sonneville,
Julie Soots, Bruce Soukup, Lucindy Span, Chad Spencer, Richard Spencer, Ann
Springer, Darci Stahl, Christopher Stanton, Garry Stark, Timothy Stevenson;
Steve Stewart, Ronda Stilwell, Russell Stilwell, Andrea Stockwell, Shannan
Stoedter, Sharyn Stone, Christina Strickland, Erin Stukart, Tracy Sunstrom,
Matthew Sutton, Shane Tague, Amy Tank, Valerie Tank, Michael Taylor, Roland
Tenley, Ricky Terronez, Vanessa Thiltgen, Khoutsakhone Thiravong, Blake
Thomas, Nicholete Thomas, Travis Thompson, Robert Thornton, Bradley Tidwell,
Theodore Timbrook, Michelle Tindall, Joseph Tingle;
Andrew Tingley, Hanh Tran, Thanh Tran, Phayzon Trice, Jeremy Troutwine, Robert
Tucker, Jason Vallejo, Laura Vallejo, Michael Van Dieren, Ryan VanDaele, Por
Soua Vang, Charles VanRycke, Ginger VanWychen, Heather Vaughn, Alexander
Veloz, Erin Verona, Pamela VonMotz, Stacie Vrban, Heather Wadsager, Danny
Walker, Nancy Ward, Ryan Wasson, Jennifer Watson, Greg Weber, Jerry Weimer,
Christopher Wells, Heather Wells, Wendy Wenskunas, Kathryn Wentler, Jenni
Wessel, Brian Westbrook, Kimberly White, Travis White, Eric Wietlispach, Kevin
Wilcox, Stephane Wild, Bryan Williams, David Williams, Latanya Williams,
TaJuan Williams, Amy Wilson, Catherine Wilson, Danielle Wilson, Shane Wochner,
Christopher Woods, Jacquelyn Wynes, Bobbiesee Yang, Stephanie Zagert, Carlos
Zapata, Jamison Zaragoza and Abel Zertuche Jr.