Surrounded by family and friends, 216 students graduated from Morgan High on Friday, May 25, 2018 at Weber State University’ Dee Events Center. From the opening presentation of the colors to the final turning of the tassels, the ceremony reflected the theme “It Starts with Us” well.
Valedictorian Peter Christensen reminded his classmates that “the biggest asset to becoming great is 24 hours in a day” and discussed the “time spent before greatness,” while Haley Bess, one of the three Salutatorians with Braydon Jones and Eric Christensen, expounded on the quote “No one will finish that which they do not have the ambition to start.”
Student Body President Talon Thornton exhorted graduates to look back on high school with a positive attitude and be grateful for the things the last four years had taught them. “What happens after this is entirely up to us,” he concluded.
Senior Class President Abby Larsen urged students to “turn dreams into reality, not be afraid of failure and to purse your passion.”
Senior Ethon Dorrity conducted the MHS Symphonic Band in “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves,” and the MHS Ovation Choir featuring Olivia Eriksson beautifully rendered the song “Make Them Hear You” which encouraged the Class of 2018 to “go out and tell our story; let it echo far and wide.”
Principal Crae Wilson admonished graduates to “continue to choose courage and extend a hand of fellowship” to those around them” and School Board President Ron Blunck accepted the graduates telling them that the “nation needs you.”
During the presentation of the diplomas, graduates were able to show their individualism in their dress and actions. Some wore cowboy hats under their graduation caps; another rode a skateboard around the chairs in celebrations, and others rocked an endless variety of leis. Leis of flowers, money and even gift cards, adorned the graduates as they stepped into the world beyond MHS.
The MHS faculty was on hand to congratulate each student as he or she received a diploma. Amanda Chaney, departing Ag Science Teacher noted, “MHS has a good sense of community; everyone belongs. I hope these kids will continue to follow their passions and keep working hard at doing what it hard.”
Stacey Floyd, MHS physics teacher and mother of graduate, Daniel Floyd, commented, “I am excited, nervous, and mostly proud!”
Morgan County Schools Superintendent Doug Jacobs remarked following the ceremony, “I am always happy to see the students finish successfully and move on in their lives.”
Graduate Jaci Jensen, who is headed to Mt. Hood Community College in Oregon to play basketball, commented after the ceremony, “It doesn’t feel real. It’s good, but it hasn’t sunk in.”
Her mom, Cindy Jensen, who was celebrating her sixth and final child graduating from Morgan High noted, “It’s bittersweet. I am so proud and looking forward to the future where I’ll be burning up the road to Oregon, but she was just a baby 18 years ago at my first child’s graduation eighteen years ago in 2000.”
Many parents, friends and family members echoed Jensen’s sentiments as they celebrated during and following the ceremony. A large audience filled the Dee Events Center to send the Class of 2018 on their way. Young children looking up to the graduates and parents and grandparents looking back cheered their favorite graduates as the Morgan community did exactly what is have done for these young people for the past 18 years: support, love and cheer wildly for their successes!