Adrian sends off grads with ceremony in new gym

Shyanne Allaire gestures to the crowd as she enters the Adrian High School gym on Sunday, May 27, for graduation ceremonies. She was salutatorian for the class of 2018. (The Enterprise/Les Zaitz)

ADRIAN -- Kevin Purnell, Adrian School District superintendent, on Sunday gave his last formal advice to 25 students he's coached, taught, or counseled for years.

"Dream big," he said, "and be patient."

He joshed the graduating seniors about today's environment of the cell phone, where people never seem to be out of touch, where everyone is in a hurry.

But no doubt the graduates seated before him in the Adrian High School gym were antsy for him to wrap up.

There followed the presentation by the senior class officers, then the speeches by salutatorian Shyanne Allaire, followed by valedictorians Sundee Speelmon . . .