On Saturday, Moffat County High School graduating seniors will begin the celebration of their efforts during the past 13 years of schooling. These seniors and their parents should be congratulated on their long journeys to complete this phase in their lives and their children's lives.
Commencement exercises will begin at 10 a.m. with the MCHS Band, under the direction of Ryan Lokteff, performing the prelude and processional. Senior Eva La will act as the master of ceremonies, with senior Jori Hollenbeck singing the national anthem.
The invocation will be presented by senior Stephanie Brown, and those assembled will be welcomed by seniors Samantha Janiga and Chris James. The class gift will be presented by senior Andy Bockelman.
Scholarship donors and recipients will be recognized by senior career and guidance counselor Paula Duzik. Seniors have been asked to turn in to Mrs. Duzik their scholarship awards to be announced so they may be honored for all of their accomplishments.
It will be my pleasure to announce the honor students among the graduates. Those students who have maintained academic excellence in their high school careers and who are among the top 10 percent of graduates in their class are awarded status as honor students.
Additionally, we will honor retirees Dr. Karol Bullen and Tom Beachman as they begin a new segment of their lives along with these students. Their contributions to the learning environment at MCHS have been great.
One of the traditions of MCHS is to award two deserving students with the distinction of outstanding male and outstanding female. This year will be no different, and we look forward to surprising two excellent students with this achievement.
Loren Vikse, a senior at MCHS, will deliver the commencement address to his fellow graduates, followed by a performance by the MCHS combined choirs under the direction of Noelle Winn.
After graduates receive their diplomas from John Wellman, president of the Board of Education, Superintendent Pete Bergmann and Assistant Principal Jessie Farr, as announced by Jim Loughran, senior dean, they will be wished farewell by seniors Trisha Curtis and Lisa McDermott. The benediction will be given by senior Sara Magas.
As the class motto by Chris Cagle states, "Scars heal, glory fades, and all we're left with are the memories made." We will remember this senior class, not because of the numerous pranks they've pulled during the past week, but for the outstanding young men and women whom we are sending off into the world. I have enjoyed getting to know many of these young people. They are a lively and intelligent group who will, undoubtedly, change the face of society for the better.
Good luck to you, graduating seniors of the Class of 2004, as you take this step into your future!
Moffat County High School principal