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'Oh, the places you'll go!'

Echo Press photos by Raeshel Betterman Jefferson High School graduates turned their tassels during commencement exercises Sunday afternoon. The ceremony was moved to the gym because of the rainy weather.1 / 2
Echo Press photo by Raeshel Betterman Class of 2010 graduates Taryn Thompson (left) and Amanda Schmitz exchanged hugs with their classmates after graduating Sunday.2 / 2

The Jefferson High School graduating class of 2010 is going places - into the military, to work, to four-year colleges, to two-year colleges and to art academies.

Considering the class motto, it seems fitting.

A Dr. Seuss favorite, the following is what was chosen to represent this year's class: "Oh, the places you'll go! You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose."

A large number of students seem to be heading in the medical field direction, along with engineering and/or psychology, according to Meghan Orgeman-Crumb, Jefferson High School guidance counselor for this year's seniors.

Although she doesn't have an exact percentage, she said that about 80 percent of the students who graduated from Jefferson have plans to attend post-secondary school.

This year's class had just under 300 students - there were 298 names printed in the commencement program.

Since it's her first year at Jefferson, Orgeman-Crumb said it is hard to compare this year's graduating class with year's past.

However, she said, "The class of 2010 made my first year of guidance counseling an absolute joy. It was a wild ride stepping into the senior guidance counselor position, but it was well worth it."

She said the class of 2010 was comprised of many strong, multi-talented individuals. Students were "extremely active" in a variety of curricular and extracurricular activities.

"Their passion to be involved and give back to the school and community was also evident," said Orgeman-Crumb.

She said the class had a lot of energetic and creative students, as well as many talented athletes.

On a more personal note, she added, the class of 2010 was "very welcoming."

Even though it was her first year at Jefferson, she consistently visited the classrooms and received many smiles in the hallways.

"It always seemed like it took me twice as long to make it to my destination because I would always run into a student who wanted to share a funny story or give me an update on his or her life," she said.

As for next year, Orgeman-Crumb will be the guidance counselor for the incoming sophomores, the graduating class of 2013.

"I am looking forward to working with a class for three years," she said. "It will be fun to build even stronger relationships and see students grow over a longer period of time."