By the time the three ceremonies were finished on Friday, 967 graduates received diplomas from the three major high schools in Tooele Valley at the Jon M. Huntsman Center on the University of Utah campus.
Tooele High School began its ceremonies at 11 a.m. and awarded 377 diplomas. Grantsville High School followed at 2 p.m. and awarded 212 diplomas. Stansbury High School wrapped up the ceremonies at 5 p.m. and handed out 366 diplomas.
Ceremonies included speeches, music and recognition of some of the top scholars at each school.
After each ceremony, graduates with their friends and family celebrated outside and gathered for photographs.
Combined with Blue Peak High School, Dugway High School and the Adult Education program, the Tooele County School District awarded 1,027 high school diplomas in ceremonies held in May 2019.
Francie Aufdemorte is photo editor for the Tooele Transcript-Bulletin. A Tooele County native, she graduated from Tooele High School in 1989, and with a degree in English from the University of Utah in 2001. She next studied filmmaking at the New York Film Academy in 2005, from which she earned a certificate of completion. Her ties to community journalism begin in 2005 when she worked for the Magna Times for two years, handling everything from classified advertising to editing and proofing news stories. While there she also created and maintained a new website for the newspaper. In 2007, she opened a Salt Lake-based studio called Book Cliff Photography. As principle photographer, she worked both editorial and commercial assignments, including portraiture and weddings. As photo editor, Aufdemorte photographs news, features, sports and advertising for the Transcript-Bulletin and supplemental publications, while also managing and assigning the newspaper’s freelance photographers.
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