MOLINE -- The Moline High School graduating class of 2016 cleared one final hurdle Friday night, braving the sweltering heat inside Wharton Field House to receive their high school diplomas, 13 years in the making.
A total of 507 students were asked by senior class president Megan Klocke to "go out into the world and share your greatest gifts."
Moline High School Principal Dan McGuire referenced a quote by author Christopher Reeve about dreams going from being impossible to becoming inevitable to help inspire the graduating class.
"Even though your dreams may seem impossible or improbable to you at this time, don't let that stop you," Mr. McGuire said. "Be confident in your educational preparation, and be determined in your ability to succeed."
Before the ceremony, Caitlin Eklof said the fact she was graduating had not hit her just yet, but that she was looking forward to not getting up at 8 a.m. for class everyday. Her future plans are to become an apprentice in plastering and drywall.
Nylah Berner said she was looking forward to moving forward to the next step, and has been thinking about the future. She said she plans on going to Black Hawk College for a year and transferring to Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville to pursue mechanical engineering.
"I am thinking about growing up, how hard it is going to be, the obstacles I am going to face," Ms. Berner said.
Andrew Parker said he plans on attending Augustana College in the fall, and enjoyed his time and the friends he met both on the football field and the theater program.
"A lot of excitement, a lot of happiness, it's been a good time," Mr. Parker said.
He offered up a piece of advice for those who are still working their way through high school, quoting a line from the movie Ferris Bueller's Day Off.
"Life goes by pretty fast," Mr. Parker said. "If you don't stop to look around once in a while, you could miss it."
The 2016 graduates of Moline High School are:
Oscar Acevedo, Jacob Adams, Emily Adkins, Juan Aguilera, Lorena Aguilar, Miguel Aguilera, Rodolfo Alba, Emaan Ali, Michael Allee, Elijah Allen, Jacob Allen, Christian Allmon, Elisabeth Almanza, Felipe Alonso, Avery Alonzo, Jamie Althiser, Harold Anderson, Kennedy Anderson, Mackenzie Anderson, Morgan Anderson, Jonathan Angeles, Nicholas Angelos, Elizabeth Antolik, Kassidy Arp, Jorge Arreguin-Gonzalez, Tracy Attebery, Chase Austin.
Divya Badri, Alexia Baez, Manasi Baheti, Branden Bailey, Danielle Baker, Zachary Baker, Moriah Bangura-Long, Danny Banks, Ashley Barbosa, Brady Bargren, Jared Battin, Courtney Baum, Hector Bautista-Luna, Nathan Beachler, Jocelyn Becerra-Puga, Shyanne Beckman, Kelvonte Bell, Guadalupe Belmontes, Nylah Berner, David Blackwell, Courtney Blaser, Jacob Boggs, Noah Bolinger, Destiny Booker, Jordan Borkhardt, Lauren Boswell, Alex Branham, Kohlbea Brinker, Melea Broer, Kennedy Bromley, Colin Brown, Jacob Brown, Kristin Brown, Lauren Brown, Logan Brown, Alexis Bull, Kimberly Burge, Joshua Bush, Marco Byrne.
Zachary Calhoun, Kaitlyn Cameron, Sophie Camomile, Nathen Cantu, Joseph Carr, Taylor Casillas, Cesar Castaneda, Angelica Castro, Neida Castro, Jacob Cederoth, Hailey Chaffee, Jasmine Chapman, Jay Christensen, Sandra Cisneros, Alexandria Clark, Kale Cole, Tre Coleman, Kori Collum, Josephine Conley, Gabrielle Correa, David Cox, Cheyanne Creger, Derrek Cribbs, Anfernee Crompton, Alec Crownover, Nicolas Cruz, Cody Cunningham, Elizabeth Cunningham, Austin Jacob Curtis, Kira Curtis.
Quinn Daley, Shaquon Davis, Skylar Davis, Jacob Day, Anysa De La Rosa-Arce, Kaitlin De Winter, Alondra Delgado, Madeline DeWilfond, Mamadou Diallo, Edgar Diaz, Jessica Diaz Paniagua, Richard Diaz, Madeline Dickey, Paige Dickey, Aaron Ditsworth, Marie Djondo, Spencer Dockery, Daltyn Dodd, Michael Dombrock, Alec Doxsee, Greyson Driscoll, Chyna Drummond, Caleb Duburg, Kali Dyer.
Alvin Edgeworth Jr., Emily Edwards, Emily Ehlers, Jacob Eismon, Caitlin Eklof, Kylee Espinal, Jess Etheridge III, Dontrell Fallon, Bryan Ferreira-Victorino, Owen Fields, Mallory Finch, Daisy Flores, Jose Flores, Karina Flores, Odalys Flores, Nadyia Foster, Zavier Foster, Aaron Foulk, Aric Fowler, Camron Fowler, Skylar Francis, Tyler Franks, Brandon Frazer, Daniel Frazee, Haley Fuessel, Blake Fuller.
Loraine Gaffney, Araceli Garcia, Cristian Garcia Jimenez, Elijah Garcia, Ivon Garcia, Kaitlyn Garcia, Kellsie Gedye, Alexis Gerard, Kyleigh Gilmore, Devin Goderis, Daisy Gonzalez, Daniel Gonzalez, Valeria Gonzalez, Keagan Goodman, Gretchen Grace, Drake Gray, Judaea Green, Jacob Greene, Emily Gregan, Chloe Griffin, Barry Groesch, Pema Guilavogui, Marcos Gutierrez.
Kaw Hae, Kayley Hamilton, Jonathan Hammond, Michael Hanley, Cade Hannan, Dallas Hanson, David Hanson, Raven Harrell, Haley Harris, Matya Harris, Michelle Harvey, Anthony Hauser, Mackenzie Head, Tyler Hemphill, Myiah Henderson, Nicole Henderson, Samuel Henderson, Hanna Hendricksen, Jacob Henley, Kathleen Hennessey.
Alexis Henry, Trynicha Henry, Cecelia Hernandez-Sandoval, Maria Hernandez, Renezuriel Hernandez, Selena Hernandez, Sarah Herrmann, Brett Hesselberg, Kole Heyl, Kaitlyn Hickerson, Thomas Hillmann, Ryan Hipps, Malik Hockaday, Kyle Horton, Hossameldin Hosameldin, Emily Hoskins, Ashley Howell, Lucy Hubbard, Madison Huebner, Tristan Hughes, Joshua Hulett, Madeleine Hunt, Devon Hurley, Sierra Hurry.
Dylin Idle, Mary Jackson, Trenton Jackson, Dakoatah Jacobs, Devyn Jasper, Madison Jewell, Brandon Johnson, Cameron Johnson, Raven Johnson, Dawn Joiner, Robert Joiner, Kayla Kalinauskas, Safaa Karoumia, Kenneth Kerofsky, Darius King, Kyle Kirschenmann, Maddison Klieber, Megan Klocke, Timothy Knobloch, Ronald Kraklio, Tara Krishnan, Koushhik Kumar.
Tristen LaGrange, Samantha Langan, Andrei Lareau, Marina Lareau, Claire Larson, Hannah Larson, Mckae Larson, Stephanie Lauer-Schoonover, Justin Lawrence, Megan Lee, Traci Leibengood, Gabrielle Lenger, Raiquan Leveston, Aaron Liberato, Keaton Lievens, Joseph Lilian, Kayla Lindholm, Megan Lipton, Aaron Littrell, Nathaniel Littrell, Deville Lomax-Berkley, Baily Lopez, Claudia Lopez, Manuel Lopez Jr., Brandon Louis, Brandon Luckenbihl, Danijela Lukac, Elizabeth Lundburg, Olivia Lyman.
Jose Macias, Dalton Maddelein, Santiago Magana-Ruiz, Zachary Manary, Travon Mans, Ana Martinez, David Martinez, Dulce Martinez, Brooke Massey, Connor May, Kaitlyn Mayes, Assane Mbaye, Makhtar Mbaye, Timothy McCollum, Adrian Mcdevitt, Madison McKenzie, Andrew McLaughlin, Ian McPherson, Megan Medinger, Keena Meersman, Mario Mendoza, Hannah Miner, Aaron Moody, Lexie Moore, Miguel Morales-Alvarado, Nicholas Morey, Alexander Morgan, Tonimarie Morrow, Noah Mosher, Ila Mostafa, Bradley Moyer, Brett Moyer, Nicholas Munoz, Kilian Munts, Jori Munyugwe, Arieanna Murley.
Alpha Ndiaye, Zane Nelson, Alexander Newell, Hannah Nitzel, Paloma Nunez, Cacey O'Brien, Connor O'Brien, Joshua Oetgen, Travis Ohlsen, Jordan Ohlweiler, Darvione Ollie, Shawn Oneill, Cole Orsborn, Jennifer Oviedo, Divine Owen, Mitchell Owens.
Delaney Page, Cheyanne Palmer, Andrew Parker, Greggory Parks, Guadalupe Patino, Hunter Pauley, Kyla Paxton, Keesha Pegues, Mikayla Penca, Gabriella Perez, Tristin Peterson, Jordyn Petit, Drew Phillips, John Phillips III, Olivia Piehl, Erin Plagenz, Felicia Plioplys, Ryan Plumb, Ryan Podlashes, Bryce Poston, Rachel Powell, Dameon Powers, Brooke Pyles.
Drema Rabiela, Kirsten Rasso, Dylan Rath, Samuel Rath, Alejandra Raya, Bianca Raya, Edward Raya, Erik Raya, Jasmine Raya, Vanessa Raya, Roberto Rayas, Isaac Raymond, Andrew Reagan, Austin Redell, Anna Redington, Erin Reed, Amber Reeves, Devin Reeves, Hannah Reschke, Adie Rewerts, Gage Reyes, Lucas Richards.
Cameron Riney, Nathan Riney, Alexis Roberts, Charles Robinson, Riley Robinson, Ty'Ann Robinson, Jessica Rocha, Adriana Rodriguez, Fernanda Rodrigues, Maria Rodriguez, Margaret Roehrs, Bailey Rogenski, Estefani Rosas Almanza, Monica Rosas, Rebecca Rosenboom, Jordan Ross, Mariah Ross, Emily Rotramel, Calvin Rowe Jr., Dylan Rudolph, Milton Ruiz-Roman.
Alejandro Salazar, Odalis Salazar, Beatriz Sanchez Sancen, Erick Sanchez Perez, Guadalupe Sanchez, Matthew Sanchez, Adam Sanders, Drake Santana, Michelle Santiago, Conor Sapp, Betty Scalf, Matthew Schipper, Nicholas Schluensen, Caleb Schnell, Joshua Schnell, Tyler Schoeve, Jacob Schroder, Mckennah Scott, William Seaman II, Kayla Seibert-Unger, Alexandria Sellers, Austin Senseney, Johnathan Shaffier.
Makayla Sheehan, Hannah Shelton, Jordan Sherwood, Nataya Shorter, Tristen Siam, Zachary Sims, Andrew Sipes, Elizabeth Smith, Kevin Smith, Nicholas Smith, Shatana Smith, Sydney Snyder, Joseph Son, Troy Sountris, Kyle Speer, Makensie Spindel, Makenzie Spratte, Austin Stahl, Michael Stange, Rachel Stanley, Evan Stewart, Kaitlyn Stewart, Victoria Steward, Caitlin Still, Bojan Stojanovic, Nicole Sullivan, Brock Sunlin, Cole Swank, David Swanson, Hunter Swanson, Tyler Swanson, Emily Sweet.
Jacob Taylor, Jalen Taylor, Mylan Teague-Bell, Amanda Terronez, Daniel Terronez, Stephanie Theofilis, Isaac Thoensen, Kaleb Thompson, Margaret Thompson, Mason Thompson, Samuel Thompson, Rielly Timi, Carrie Titus, James Todd III, Anthony Tonet, Nicholas Torres, Priscila Torres, Nina Tran, Austin Traub, Cristian Troche Ruiz, Jesus Troche Ruiz, Peyton Tucker.
Emme Valdes, Yazmin Valenzuela, Lauren VanDam, Nathan Van Hoe, Logan Vanopdorp, Katlyn VanWolvelaere, Angel Vargas, Sandra Vargas, Edgar Vega, Jovanni Velasquez, William Vellenga-Clark, Adrianna Versluis, Mitchell Viaene, Alexis Viers, Cristina Vieyra, Alejandro Villanueva, Gabriela Villagomez, Grant Vrban Brown.
Andrew Wadkins, Jon Walker, Cammi Wallarab, Hannah Wasson, Lamont Watkins Jr., Shelby Waydeman, Sage Weeber, Carolyn Wehr, Justin Welsh, Bradley Wheeler, Alexis Willey, Aaliyah Williams, Marcella Williams, Quayshawn Wilson, Karrie Wipfler, Tyler Womack, Gwendolyn Worrell, Dakota Young, Pamela Zamora and Noah Zimmerman.