A gift from dad: Four board members give own children their diplomas

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CHURUBUSCO — Father’s Day came early for four Smith-Green School Board members.

Jeremy Hart, Dean Geiger, Nick Uecker and Luke Gross all had the opportunity to give their own children their diplomas at Friday night’s graduation in Churubusco.

All four students, McKenzie Hart, Ashley Uecker, Brein Gross and Bryce Geiger, graduated with honors, among other accolades. Hart is the salutatorian.

For Jeremy Hart, it was the first time, the other board members both have done the same for older children.

“It was very exciting,” Hart said.

Ashley Uecker got to see both of her brothers cross the stage with their father.

“Most don’t have a special connection with the people who hand them their diplomas, it was really special,” she said.

Luke Gross has given diplomas to two of his four children. Brein is the youngest, which marks another important milestone for his family.

“More empty house,” he said.

The pair prepped for the occasion by creating a special handshake, just 30 minutes before graduation. Part of it was something the pair had done since she was a little girl.

Dean Geiger has given diplomas to two of his three children so far, and still has one child in school.

The most school board members with graduating seniors in the past was three, back in 2012, which included Uecker and one of his sons.

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