Like most Moffat County High School graduates, Bryan Rhodes felt a weight lifted off his shoulders Saturday.
"I've been looking forward to it since freshman year," Rhodes said, of graduating high school.
Now, it's time for him and others from the class to spread their wings and fly.
Rhodes plans to make flying his life. He wants to become a private commercial pilot.
"Today is a day to celebrate, a day to say goodbye. But most of all, it's a day to say hello," graduate Rachel Hebert said during her commencement address. "Hello to our futures. Hello to new goals, new places, new people."
As Hebert addressed her classmates she told them to cherish the moments that have drawn them together throughout the years, that define their class and who they are.
The Friday night lights.
The biology class dissections.
Singing Garth Brooks' "Friends In Low Places."
The class song for the MCHS graduating class of 2007 is "Give It All" by Rise Against.
"Give It All" echoed in Rhodes' words of advice to incoming freshmen.
"Stay in class, stick with it and don't ditch class because they definitely catch up with you," he said.
Two seniors were spotlighted during the ceremony for giving it their all.
Katie Knez and Jeremy Bird were awarded the Outstanding Senior Girl and Boy awards.
Teacher and coach Todd Trapp said the Outstanding Senior Boy went to a deserving young man.
"When the voting for this award took place, a common description of him was, 'If my son grew up to be like him, I would be very proud,'" Trapp said.
Looking back throughout his four years in high school, Rhodes said trying to be a good influence stands out as his biggest accomplishment.
Hebert credited families, friends and teachers as positive influences and helping her and her classmates through the years.
"I want to thank all our families for being so supportive and sticking with us through our ups and downs," she said. "Thank you for pushing us along and helping us get to where we are today."
Inevitably, teachers impacted their lives, too.
"We have all had a teacher who has made an impact on our lives, and each and every one of you teachers hold a place in at least one of our hearts," Hebert said. "You might be a teacher who gave inspiration to do something spontaneous, the teacher who helped overcome a fear or the teacher who taught a life lesson."
"We would like to thank you all for all your hard work. You were wonderful. Thank you."