Brookfield High School graduation was held May 20 in the high school gymnasium.

The gymnasium was packed with friends and family who came to congratulate the 65 graduates.

The commencement ceremony began with the presentation of flowers. The class of ‘18 flower was a peony. The class song played during the flower presentation was “Five More Minutes” by Scotty McCreery.

Brookfield Board of Education President Jim McIntyre addressed the class of ‘18. McIntyre used the welcome address to congratulate the class and give some advice.

According to McIntyre, life is like a game of baseball.

“Life will throw you many curveballs, but you should always swing at experiences,” McIntyre said. “As long as you keep trying, you will succeed.”

Brookfield High School principal Nile Thudium took the stage to present scholastic awards. Eight students were honored for graduating in the top 10 percent of the class. Thudium honored five graduates serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. Thudium congratulated graduating senior Jordan Hasty for becoming the school’s first National Merit Scholar. Hasty was one of 7,500 students nationwide to be chosen as a National Merit Scholar this year. Hasty received a $2,500 for his achievement.

The class of ‘18 salutatorian was chosen as Alexandria Duncan. The class of ‘18 valedictorian was chosen as Jordan Hasty. The pair gave speeches to encourage their classmates and reminisce the times shared in high school.

For Duncan, she believes the memories made are important.

“We won’t measure high school by semesters, years, or days, but by the memories and experiences we all share,” Duncan said.

In Hasty’s valedictorian speech, he urged his classmates to become more involved.

“As we graduate and move on in life we take on new responsibilities,” Hasty said. “It’s our job to do what we can, not just the job of politicians.”

After the diplomas were handed out the class of ‘18 led a rendition of the Brookfield High School song, “Halls of Brookfield.” As the song ended Collins certified the graduates. The class of ‘18 threw their caps and proceeded out the gymnasium doors for the last time as Bulldogs.