White Pine Class of 2016

By Marty Bachman


Photos by Marty Bachman Graduates toss their caps in the air in celebration.

Photos by Marty Bachman
Graduates toss their caps in the air in celebration.

he White Pine High School Class of 2016 took center stage Tuesday night, to the applause and approval of an audience of proud teachers, administrators, parents and friends. The evening was live and festive, beginning with the processional, the traditional march to the beat of the high school band’s rendition of Pomp and Circumstance.

Schools Superintendent Bob Dolezal, who was graduating himself from the toils of running a school district, welcomed the board and thanked all of his supporters through his years of serving as a teacher, coach, principal and superintendent.

“I’ve been very blessed throughout my career,” Dolezal said.

He praised the successes of the Class of 2016, including the girls back to back state basketball championships, a first for the school since the years 1951 and 1952. Also the girls track team, which has rung up four consecutive championships.

“That’s never been done before,” Dolezal said.

White Pine Principal Adam Young introduced Salutatorian Debra Lelani Kingston, a four year athlete who captained many of her teams, earned academic acclamation, and served as the student body president.

“Debra is a fighter,” Young said. “She’s driven. She sets goals for herself and no matter the work, she puts it in. She is a leader, she is special.”

Kingston congratulated the Class of 2016, reminding them of the “firsts” they had shared together.

“Now we celebrate the end of our story,” she said. “So many lessons that have shaped us into the strong willed people we are today.”

Kingston said that what matters is to live in the present.

“Acts in the moment create your future,” she told the packed gymnasium. “We have begun writing our future… remember our past, enjoy our present and live for the future… congrats we made it.”

The evening then moved on to the pre-

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  1. Dave Shaver says:

    My congratulations to the White Pine High School class of 2016. I pray you will have the full education to face life that I had received as I graduated in the class of 1951 – that is 65 years ago. At that time none of us in the Class of 51 had ever thought we would be alive in 2016. Many of our class friends didn’t live to see it but many have survived and could tell you stories of survival, growth, ups and downs, etc. So go out there and join us in the rest of your life to prove that your education was great.

  2. My Congratulation to class 2016.White Pine High School. Its an honor to see all of you make it through High School. Now its time for all of you to build your life and full fill your dreams. If you put your mind to it you can accomplish anything you want to do. I was born and raised in Ely Nevada until I graduated Class of 1976. I left Ely to fulfill my dream which I Completed 21 Years in the army and traveled the world . Still work for the Army as Civilian contractor 19 Years now and presently In Kuwait… 110 degrees Today. God Bless you all.

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