Moffat County’s Class of 2013 prepares for farewell
Craig — The seniors of Moffat County High School began a miniature marathon of awards ceremonies, special events and elaborate preparations this week that will culminate at 10 a.m. Saturday when they cross the stage in the school gymnasium to receive their diplomas.
Tuesday marked the end of term — and for most, the end of their high school careers — as seniors took their final exams and left campus early. By 1 p.m., the halls were almost completely empty of senior class members. Construction of the graduation backdrop by a small but dedicated group is ongoing and will include a collage of black-and-white photographs of all the graduates.
The academic awards ceremony and National Honor Society induction were held Tuesday evening in the MCHS auditorium. The honorees included not only senior students but members of the entire student body who demonstrated exemplary academic performance.
The MCHS Class of 2013 will participate in a baccalaureate ceremony, hosted by the Ministerial Association and Bear River Young Life, at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the school. The history of the ceremony can be traced back for centuries; in the United States, it generally is seen as an opportunity for a more intimate setting in which teachers and members of the community can offer advice and well-wishes to the graduating class.
Athletic awards will be presented at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the MCHS auditorium to student athletes from each grade level. A farewell will be given to the departing senior class, some of whom have received athletic scholarships for college.
Graduation practice and senior checkout is at 8 a.m. Friday.
Saturday will be the grand finale of graduation week as seniors and their friends and family gather at 10 a.m. in the MCHS gym. Senior class members should arrive at 9:45 a.m. to assemble for the ceremony, but spectators and celebrants are encouraged to arrive half an hour early to secure a good seat.
According to an MCHS news release, celebration and applause are expected during the graduation ceremony, but everyone is asked to leave silly string, beach balls and air horns at home.
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