Grads Look to Yoda, Jordan for Guidance 517 Seniors Highlight Hoffman High Graduation

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Byline: Diana Wallace Daily Herald Staff Writer

Looking to everyone from Shel Silverstein to Michael Jordan and Luke Skywalker for inspiration, the class of 1999 graduated from Hoffman Estates High School Tuesday.

As thousands witnessed the pomp and circumstance in the auditorium at Willow Creek Church, 517 blue-robed members of the class of 1999 - from Andrew Adams to William Zuponeck - marched across the stage and into their futures.

George Hanson, one of five valedictorians, used his speech to thank the "helping hands" that are "behind the success of any individual."

"Lenin needed Trotsky, Helen Keller needed Annie Sullivan, Luke Skywalker needed Yoda," Hanson said. "The successful have all had some form of help. ... Maybe someday soon, we will be in a position to providing a helping hand."

Fellow valedictorian Catherine Golata reminded her peers that even great achievers like Jordan, Albert Einstein and Henry Ford suffered setbacks and doubters early on.

"We must follow their example by never giving up on our dreams," she said. …