Approximately 190 Grantsville High school seniors received their high school graduation diplomas in a ceremony held at the Huntsman Center on The University of Utah Campus at 5 p.m. on Thursday.
Senior class historian Matajia Fields recalled how COVID-19 rocked the Class of 2021 when they were juniors.
“Our junior was when things took a turn due to COVID-19,” she said. “We missed spring sports, the prom and the last part of the year. None of us knew that March 13 (2020) would be the last day we got to spend with our beloved seniors.”
In contrast, Fields said that this year “we had homecoming dance, a chalk fight, spirit week, a senior prom and this graduation. … If our class can take one thing away from our hardships I hope it is you know you can accomplish great things in times of adversity, and to remember to always give life your all, because you never know which day will be your last.”
Alyssa Roberts, salutatorian, aid education at Grantsville High School was more than learning random facts.
“Today everyone’s a winner, because we’ve finally reached the end goal of these past 13 years of education,” she said. “The random bits of information I have memorized are not important… What is important is that I’ve gained the valuable ability to learn. High school taught me how to work hard; how to stretch my brain to understand things that just didn’t make sense.”
Evan Thomas, valedictorian, called his generation out on their lack of confidence.
“Our generation has a problem with confidence,” Thomas said. “We live in a world where we compare ourselves to everyone else and get down on ourselves for everything we don’t have or haven’t accomplished, even when all of us have done and accomplished great things. We take for granted the skills and accomplishments we do have and always want what we can’t have. …
You are meant to be great and to do great things, let’s flip the script and show the world how extraordinary the class of 2021 is.”
Kenna Aargard, principal, offered a little advice before shefromally presented the graduating class and vouched for their completion of all graduation requirements.
“I want you to know you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and a lot smarter than you think,” she said. “As you leave behind the red white and black of GHS, I want you to go out in the world and be bold and be brilliant and just be you.”
Alan Mouritsen, school border member and a GHS graduate, told the graduating class: “Refuse to feel cynical and you’ll succeed; you’ll do all the things you dream of doing.”