High school graduation is a time-honored rite of passage – the first step into true adulthood for millions of teenagers each year. Each graduating class is unique and special in its own way.
St. George News approached local graduating seniors, who will be taking that big commencement step this week, and asked them the following question:
“What will your graduating class be remembered for?”
Here’s what the class of 2014 had to say:
“We had a lot of stars and we had a lot of people that shined in each category of academics, which I think is really unique to us. So I think that we will be remembered for that and also for a lot of accomplishments we did in that regard.”
– Reece Brown, senior class president, Cedar High School
“I think that our class will be remembered by our enthusiasm and participation, despite the small numbers that we have. We’re one of the smallest graduating classes in several years, I think, but we are still able to put on as good or better activities, and we have great attendance to those activities.”
– Matthew Zortman, senior class president, Canyon View High School
“This graduating class will be remembered by the way we represented Thunder family. We always talk about a ‘Thunder family,’ and this year we bonded together and became a true family. We are all good friends, and hopefully our relationships will last a lifetime.”
– Sil Bundy, student body president, Desert Hills High School
“This year was the 50th anniversary of the ‘bucket run.’ It’s a relay race where seniors run a bucket of white paint up to the Sugarloaf. We then paint ‘Dixie’ on the red rock in white paint. In the last 50 years, the record (for number of participating seniors) was somewhere in the 80s, and this year, due to our participation, we broke the record at 104.”
– Hagen McCombs, student body president, Dixie High School
Enterprise High School did not respond to participate.
“I think our class will be remembered for its resiliency and charity. We had three current or recent alumni either pass away or suffer debilitating injuries. The school held what we called ‘Miracle Minutes,’ where the student body would donate as much money as possible in that minute (to help those individuals or their families).”
– Jared Worwood, student body president, Hurricane High School
“This year, our KHS school theme was ‘Unity = Victory.’ The class of 2014 has been an outstanding example of what unity truly is. Through the years, we have made lasting friendships and realized that life is easier if we face it together.”
– AndiJo Rogers, student body president, Kanab High School
“My class will be remembered as unbreakable, bold and outgoing. Our standards are unbreakable. We are really strong. I’ve gone to a few graduations, and it’s not too exciting. I feel like everyone is really amped for our graduation. I am so happy that I went to Millcreek. The teachers and staff were so open and like family.”
– Brenna Ledbetter, outstanding student, Millcreek High School
“I think our involvement. My senior class has been really involved, and I just think the enthusiasm and the hard work that we’ve had throughout our four years. I think that the hard work and enthusiasm will influence the underclassmen. We have a fun bunch of kids. We’ve had fun the last four years.”
– Lily Shurtleff, student body president, Parowan High School
“I think our class really came together and was really accepting of each other. I think we really worked to make everyone feel comfortable and make everyone know that they are wanted and that we want everyone to have a great life. I think we all just came together as a class and really supported each other. I’d say that was the biggest thing … just our camaraderie, just making sure that we all knew each other and that we were all loved and stuff.
– Braden Johnston, valedictorian, Pine View High School
“We want people to remember our legacy – our legacy of caring, service, learning, love and school spirit. We accomplished amazing things with our school this year, with so much support from students, parents and faculty. We were able to reach out and touch the lives of many and help them create their own legacy. Now we go out to take the Warrior legacy to the world.”
– Weston Esplin, student body president, Snow Canyon High School
“The graduating class of 2014 is known for many things. Most of all, we will be remembered for our positive attitudes. We have become such a close-knit family and have made countless precious memories together. We are loved for our broad smiles and bright optimism.”
– Ambrosia Owen, student body president, Tuacahn High School
GRADUATION 2014 SCHEDULE
Wednesday, May 21
o Dixie State University Burns Arena, 225 S. 700 East, St. George:
- Hurricane High School, 2 p.m.
- Desert Hills High School, 4:30 p.m.
- Snow Canyon High School, 7 p.m.
Thursday, May 22
o DSU Burns Arena:
- Dixie High School, 2 p.m.
- Pine View High School, 4:30 p.m.
- Millcreek High School, 7 p.m.
o Enterprise High School gymnasium, 565 S. 200 East, Enterprise:
- Enterprise High School, 6 p.m.
o SUU Centrum Arena, 351 W. Center St., Cedar City:
- Cedar High School, 4 p.m.
- Canyon View High School, 8 p.m.
o Tuacahn Amphitheater, 1100 Tuacahn Dr., Ivins:
- Tuacahn High School, 8 p.m.
o Parowan High School, 168 N. Main St., Parowan:
- Parowan High School, 8 p.m.
Friday, May 23
o Dixie High School lecture hall, 350 E. 700 South, St. George:
- Utah On-Line High School, 2 p.m.
St. George News team reporters contributed to this report.
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