Moline grads `all winners'
By Shayla Thiel
MOLINE -- As Moline High School's Class of '94 walked under the enormous "M''
into Wharton Field House last night, that maroon letter represented more than
just its alma mater.
For some, it stood for memories they would soon leave behind. For others, it
was another "Moment in Time,'' a verse in the class commencement program.
The graduates were somewhat apprehensive but confident of the future -- and
relieved at the prospect of a diploma.
"We're all winners in this game,'' Blake Hornbuckle, class president, said in
his welcoming address. "We have succeeded in our first challenge in our life.
We will continue to believe -- in others and ourselves -- and we will make a
difference in everything we do.''
Graduate Chad Pankey was simply ready to move on, he said as he mingled with
friends before commencement.
"I'm just glad I'm outta here,'' said Mr. Pankey. "School was fun, but
graduation is better.''
Classmate Venita Palmer was more nervous before the ceremony. "It's scary
because we're moving on to a whole new realm of life,'' said Ms. Palmer.
In her class address, "C.R.O.,'' graduate Heide Valerius advised classmates
to embrace three things in life: challenges, risks and opportunities.
"Life is filled with these. Risk is one of the biggest we're seeing now and
sometimes we think of it as a negative thing,'' said Ms. Valerius."However, a
world without risks lacks success, love and inspiration. Risk means failure,
but most of all, risk means success.''
When they weren't busy snapping photos, the graduates' parents were often
teary-eyed. Throughout the ceremony, many expressed confidence in the students
and satisfaction with the school's after-graduation party, Project Graduation,
held Friday night at the Moline YMCA.
"It's exciting and sad at the same time,'' said Judy Rhyne, mother of
graduate Katie Rhyne. "But I know the kids are real excited to finish up and
then get to the party tonight.''
"I am totally excited and happy,''said Lisa Munoz, after tossing her hat into
the air. "I'm going to the University of Iowa next year with my best friend,
whom I've known since I was 3, so I'm just glad to be done.''
Like Ms. Munoz, Zach Soliz was thinking about school friends and the future.
"I'm looking forward to the next four years at Black Hawk College,'' said
Mr. Soliz. "I'll miss my friends but not classes or tests.''
However, graduate Bob Campeau reminded the class that friends could certainly
remain close -- if only in spirit -- in his address, "A Celebration of
Friendship.'' As the classmates looked at one another upon Mr. Campeau's
request, some cried, some giggled. It was clear many knew exactly what he was
"When we walk out that door tonight, our high school careers will be over,
but never our friendships,'' said Mr. Campeau. "Just because we are spread
around the country next year, it doesn't mean we can't be close.''
Moline High School 1994 graduates are
Kevin Adair, Jeffrey Adams, Jose Agassini, Carmen Aguilar, James Albers,
Timothy Aldeman, Katrina Althaus, Eric Alvine, Brooke Anderson, Corey
Anderson, Justin Anderson, Michelle Anderson, Sara Anderson, Aaron Andrews,
Jennifer Angerami, Shawn Appleby, Susan Arnold, Stefanie Asmus, William
Attwood, Jr., Phillip Austin, Stacey Ayers, Thomas Babcock, Kymberly Bair,
Daniel Baker, Jennifer Baker, Rebecca Baker, Theodore Baker, Joshua Baldridge,
Rebecca Baldwin, Shane Banks, Jason Baraks, Nicholas Barber, Donna Battin,
Cori Beard, Nathan Beckett, Nicholas Benhart, Amy Berhenke, Jeffrey Bernhardt,
Bree Berthoud, Aaron Bessoff, Brandy Bevans, Paul Birnbaum, Adam Bjorkman,
Jacob Black, Michael Black, Jennifer Blomgren, John Blomgren II, Benjamin
Bocox, Shannon Brady, Christopher Brathall, Kyle Brenner, Jamie Briesch, Kara
Brooks, Jason Brown, Mary Brown, Rebecca Brown, Shelly Brown, Sherry Brown,
Joyce Brubaker, Jason Brunsvold, David Buckley, Christie Buhlman, Jill Bujak,
Daniel Bullock, Kara Bunte, Anthony Bunten, Kendra Byrd, David Camarillo,
Michelle Campbell, Robert Campeau, Jodi Carey, Tawnie Carter, Beth Case, Keith
Case, Amy Cassady, Douglas Chalmers, Tricia Charbonneau, Heather Charest,
Katie Claassen, Terry Clark, Rachel Clary, Amanda Coin, Ricardo Compean,
Heather Concannon, Elizabeth Cooney, Michelle Cooper, Christine Costello,
Terron Cox, Jeffry Creger, Rebecca Crenshaw, James Crigger, Giovani Crouch,
Tiffany Crouse, Emily Cunningham, Steven Dare, Jennifer Davidson, Jennifer
Davila, Jonathan DeBlieck, Melissa DeBrouwer, Andrew DeCastecker, Kimberly
DeClerck, Jeffrey DeLeon, Kimberlee DeLoose, Lizandra Demacedo, Michelle
Derer, Virginie Derroitte, Jason DeVooght, Jamie Dismer, David Dixon, Rebecca
Dopler, Kai Driessens, Amy Duncan, Clifford Durbin, Chad Dusenberry, Tobey
Dyer, Abigail Dyke, Colby Dykty, Tara Ealy, Tara Early, David Eckles, Jessica
Eddy, Misty Edwards, William Egbert Jr., Diana Ehlers, Rodney Ekstrom, Laura
Elkins, Thom Elliott, Bradley Elmore, Peter Erickson, David Estes, Danny
Etheridge, Nikki Farber, Heather Farrell, Sotheary Fay, Jesse Feliksiak,
Amanda Ficklin, Nathan Fletcher, Kevin Fountain, Amy Frakes, Kathy Fuller,
Antonio Galisteo, Shana Genac, Robert Gerber, Deborah Geyer, John Gibbs, E.R.
Gilmore, Aaron Glassner, Christine Glynn, James Godwin, Jennifer Gomez,
Ezequiel Gonzalez, Graciela Gonzalez, Tiffany Gow, Cynthia Granja, Jennifer
Gray, ReJeana Gray, Andrew Green, Hope Green, Angela Greenman, Jamie Griffin,
Jody Griffin, Kyle Griffin, Michael Griffin, Patricia Grossell, Armando
Guerra, Baleriana Guerrero, Heather Haines, Deborah Hamm, Corydon Hanell,
Treva Haney, Rachel Hanna, Jason Hansen, Matthew Hantz, Christina Hardesty,
Michael Hardi II, Myndi Harkness, Corey Harrell, Michael Hayes, Bradney
Haynes, Laura Heinze, Stacey Henderson, Peter Herrera, Thomas Herzfeldt,
Christy Hickenbottom, Seth Hicks, Jason Hickson, Laura Highsmith, Scott Hines,
Cory Hiser, LaVaun Hollars, Karrie Holmer, Allan Holmes, Yvonne Holzinger,
Angela Hook, Blake Hornbuckle, James Hotchkiss, Jeramie Hoyt, Angela Hull,
Jason Hulting, Javin Huntley, Darren Hyman, Jeremy Jackson, Lucas Jackson,
Jason Jared, Mindy Johns, Chadwick Johnson, Jennifer Johnson, Joshua Johnson,
Nelson Johnson, Tracy Johnson, Heather Jones, James Jones, Jennifer Jones,
Jennifer Jurczyk, Tessa Just, Daniel Kammerer, Akino Kashide, Jennifer Kelly,
Karri Kenney, Angela Kent, Hollie Kiddoo, Michelle Kincaid, Sara Knaack, Seth
Knappen, Melissa Knight, Louis Krebs, Neil Kronfeld, Samuel Lage, Lisa Laird,
Fred Larson, Faith Lassuy, Jeffrey Lawson, Wendy Lawson, Matthew Lee, Shane
Leech, Jason Leemans, Rachel Leemans, Beth Lewis, Gregory Lewis, Leonard
Lewis, Brian Lienau, Rebecca Light, Aaron Lister, Sandy Littig, Eric Littrell,
Joshua Lodico, Lisa Long, Carrie Longley, Jennifer Lootens, Jill Lopez, Sara
Lounsberry, Nathan Lunsford, John Luth, Keith Lybarger Jr., Benjamin MacCall,
Sheila Malamphy, Dennis Marion, Dana Marrocco, David Martin, Jennifer Martin,
Jodie Martin, Carina Martinez, Jacob Martinez, Aaron Masias, Christopher
Masias, Robert Mathena, David Mathews, Scott Mattly, Karen McCance, Lisa
McGeehon, Julie McKinnon, Meridith McLaughlin, Aaron McLean, Gregory McMahill,
Angela McMaster, Heather McMullen, Christopher Meers, Scott Melliere, Amanda
Mellott, Angela Mellott, Michale Mendoza Jr., Brandi Menees, Nichelle Mercer,
Rose Metsa, Robert Michael, Emily Miklas, Douglas Miller, Eric Miller, John
Miller, Robert A. Miller, Robert L. Miller, Tracy Miller, Octavia Minick,
Lucky Mitchell, Carrie Mize, Rickie Montgomery, Juliane Moran, Andrew Morris,
Chad Morton, Julie Morton, Sunday Mosley, Bryan Muck, Angela Munger, Lisa
Munoz, Charles Murdock, Amie Nance, Melissa Navarro, Rico Navarro, Garry Neels
Jr., Kristopher Nees, Brant Nelson, Randall Nelson, Timothy Nelson, Joshua
Nicke, Tony Nipper, Oscar Nunez, Sheri Nupp, Krista Nyquist, Jeremy O'Grady,
Kimberly Ohlweiler, Vicki Ohrberg, Melissa Olson, Allison Orsborn, John
O'Shea, David Overcash, Adrienne Overton, Chad Owens, Cassandra Palmer,
Richard Palmer, Venita Palmer, Chad Pankey, Christina Pappas, Amanda Parker,
Samantha Partlow, Jennifer Pearce, Corey Peck, Pedro Pena Jr., Karalyn
Penniston, Brian Peterson, Quynh Pham, Gretchen Phillips, Melanie Phillips,
Wendy Pilichowski, Andrew Polito, Melissa Porras, Demetra Potter, Erin Potter,
Stephanie Prince, Caroline Pyevich, Keith Pyles, Christopher Quick, Jason
Ramirez, Maria Ramirez, Cindy Ramos, Scott Rand, Timothy Randles, Larilyn
Reffett, Kimberly Regan, Melissa Requet, Kathryn Rhyne, Jasen Rich, Diane
Ritchie, Jill Roberts, Amy Robertson, John Roehr, Jessica Rogers, Molly
Roudebush, Andrew Royce, Edith Rubalcava, Audrey Rumler, Chad Runge, Erin
Russell, Joshua Ryckeghem, Bryan Ryser, Elizabeth Sabol, Kevin Sagon, Carlos
Salsido, Kevin Sanders, Leticia Sanders, Lisa Sanders, Stephanie Sanders, Ann
Saunders, Paul Savignano, Jessica Schaaf, Edward Schiltz, Steven Schimmel,
Daniel E. Schmidt, Daniel W. Schmidt, Larry Schriner, Angela Scott, Lee
Seamans, Brian Sehmann, Brook Serpa, Scott Service, Christina Sheets, William
Sherrell, David Shreeves, Yoshitaka Shudo, Brooke Shumaker, Daniel Siegfried,
Breno da Silveira, Kiersten Simon, Charles Sinclair, Jason Slaybaugh, Angela
Sloan, Angela Smith, James Smith, Timothy Smith, Zachary Soliz, Steven Sollis,
Katerina Somers, Zachery Southwick, Jennifer Sparacello, Sheila Stablein,
Albert Stacy Jr., Scott Stamp, Jessica Stark, Steve Stearns, Valerie Steger,
Spencer Stevens, Mark Stewart, Kevin Stiles, Jeffrey Stiner, Tricia
Stonehouse, Chad Storlie, Annika Strombeck, Amanda Stubler, Peter Suss, Adam
Swanson, Christine Swanson, Amy Taylor, Jason Tedford, Jessica Tenorio, Scott
Thompson, Trevor Thompson, Wesley Thoroughman, Erik Tillberg, Brian Tousseau,
Michael Tran, Christopher Trapkus, Justin Trent, Amy Trimble, Steve Tristan
Jr., Leah Trout, Jason True, Amy Tucker, Ryan Tyler, Heide Valerius, Laurie
VanBruwaene, John VanHyfte, Jeremy Vercautren, Jamie Verstraete, Sean Vogler,
Amanda Volk, Jenifer VonMotz, Kristine Voss, Le Vu, Lori Wainman, Jason
Waldmann, Ginnifer Walker, Monica Walker, Kristin Wall, Andrew Wallace,
William Wallace, Matthew Wassenhove, Damiean Watford, Jamey Watson, Jennifer
Watters, Michael Weber, Gregory Weckel, Jeffrey Weimar, Jacqueline Weime,
Johnna Welch, Karen Westmoreland, Elizabeth Whistine, Anthony White, Tammi
White, Jessica Whitehair, Theodore Wiebel, Corey Wiesman, David Wilkerson,
Bryan Willers, Kimberly Williams, Michael Williams, Toni Wilson, Brittney
Winters, Stacy Winters, Hillary Wolfe, Cristal Wood, Jennifer Wood, Amelia
Woods, Christopher Woods, Jacqueline York, Patricia York, James Zacharewicz,
Kristen Zeidler, Deborah Zeleznik, Ryan Zeskey and Amber Zimmer.