Schlarman's new dress code aims to eliminate confusion

DANVILLE – Some Schlarman High School students say getting ready for school just got a little easier thanks to a stricter dress code.

"Choosing your clothes won't be as big of a deal because you have fewer options," said Zoe Lutes, who will be a junior this fall.

Hugh O'Brian seminar motivates aspiring teen leaders

CHAMPAIGN – Gabbie Watson of Danville and her newest best friends chanted a cheer together Sunday afternoon on the UI Quad.

"We got the power! Energize!" they shouted.

Watson was one of approximately 150 of tomorrow's leaders who gathered on the University of Illinois campus this weekend to learn about leadership, service and innovation through the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Seminar.

Aasif Ahmed, Danville High School

Hello, as my ID can confirm, I really am Aasif Ahmed. Before I begin. I would like to say "Happy Birthday" to Jason Grider. I will be quick with my address; I understand that if you are a racing fan you cannot be too happy about being here today. You have to miss the end of the Indianapolis 5OO just to watch a few kids graduate. I sympathize with you, and I hope that you get home in time to catch the last lap.

Scott Huber, Danville High School

Most of us graduating today have spent over 4,500 hours (the equivalent of about 190 days) at Danville High School! all in the pursuit of the diploma we will receive shortly. Of that, 360 hours were passing periods, and 360 additional hours were lunch. That leaves about 3,900 hours in which to absorb knowledge. As we are graduating, we must have found this to be a reasonable exchange. This diploma therefore must be worth at least $45,000 to us, (assuming we value our time even at minimum wage.)

Kylie Holland, St. Joseph-Ogden

SJO Faculty, Honored Guests, Family, Friends, Classmates and Those Not with us Today who are looking down upon us with Great Joy:

Joseph Scherer, Mahomet-Seymour

It has been a long road for the Class of 2009. In just a few minutes, we will be high school graduates. It seems like such a long time ago that we first climbed the stairs at Middletown for our first half-day class in kindergarten.

Ross White, Oakwood

Members of the school board, administration, faculty, staff, family, friends, and especially the class of 2009 it is hard to believe that it's actually 3:00 on our graduation day.

Sunyoung Won, Judah Christian

Greetings to all of the students, teachers, parents, and to the graduation class of 2009. Once again, my name is Sunyoung Won, and I am here to speak on behalf of the graduating class of 2009.

Mudhavi Bhavsar, Danville High School

On this day, you have and will be hearing speeches from wonderful people behind me. I am honored to be amongst them. They will speak to you about your future, about your past, and about the present. To all of this, I would just like to add:

Lisa LeCleir, Danville High School

An Olympic athlete once said, "The reason [that] most people fail isn't because of the competition but because of the limits they place upon themselves ... Take responsibility for your destiny. You can come up with a performance, if you can ... dig deep enough into your competitive soul" As part of the Class of 2009, I believe we have the potential end the ability to 'dig deep' and become successful. Congratulations! Today marks a momentous celebration of the end of our childhood years.