BY BLAKE HEMPSTEAD
On Sunday, just because you can’t be present for graduation doesn’t mean you can’t be a part of the ceremony. And it just so happens one of the most influential women in Montana will deliver the commencement address.
For the first time in Anaconda High School history, their graduation procession will be covered live on KANA 580 AM and kana580.com.
The event is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Memorial Gymnasium and will be covered in its entirety.
The 123rd graduating class has 83 students participating in the commencement.
The event begins with the parade of graduating seniors to “Pomp and Circumstance” performed by the Anaconda High School Orchestra. Once the class is seated, the orchestra and AHS band will perform the National Anthem under the direction of Mr. Shawn Hansen and Mrs. Kim Lorengo.
After an introduction by principal Mr. Paul Furthmyre, Hansen will recognize the students who received scholarships topping a remarkable $400,000. Hansen, the incumbent principal after Furthmyre stepped down in May, said the scholarship amount is the most in his five years as an administrator at AHS.
After the scholarships are recognized, the AHS Choraleers will perform “Your Heart Will Lead You Home” arranged by Ed Lojeski.
Then, the Top 5 students — Drew Conrady, Bobby Duhame, Ashley Maes, Dylan McPhail and JJ Zenhalik — arranged in alphabetical order, will each read commencement speeches for the class.
Another musical selection, “The Avengers” arranged by Alan Silvestri and Michael Brown, will precede the commencement address performed by former AHS teacher and current Montana Lt. Governor Angela McLean.
McLean last taught American History and Government classes at AHS before being selected by Gov. Steve Bullock to fill the Lt. Gov. seat vacated by John Walsh in February of 2014.
Following McLean’s address, the diplomas will be issued by Furthmyre with Lorengo and Mary Lou McPhail assisting.
The event can be heard live and uninterrupted in listening area on KANA 580 AM along with a live streaming link available on the kana580.com Web site by clicking on the Listen Live tab on the top right dropdown menu (or by clicking here).
If listening on a mobile device, the link page provides different media players at the top. For iPhone or Apple devices, click on the far left “lighting bolt” icon. For all other smart phones, use the Windows Media, Real Player of Quicktime apps depending on which is compatible with your specific device.