By Traci Bishop
The 2019 graduation ceremony for the senior class of Pinnacle Canyon Academy took place on Wednesday evening at the Price Civic Auditorium.
Over 40 Panthers bid farewell to their high school careers as they took to the stage in their caps and gowns to celebrate their accomplishments and receive their diplomas. This year marked the 10th graduation for the school, which has been running for 20 years.
Beginning with a processional from the Carbon Community drumline and the presentation of colors, Mikail Stansfield sang the National Anthem before Zachariah Gibson, student body president, was brought on stage to welcome friends, family and community members to the ceremony. Following Gibson, Pinnacle Principal Roberta Hardy gave an endearing speech.
Hardy spoke highly of the students, wishing them well as they ventured out into the world and aimed to reach their goals with both hands opened wide. She spoke greatly about life after and urged the graduates to never be too big for any job, as well as to think for themselves.
“This class is brave, this class is fierce,” Hardy remarked.
She continued by expressing her wish for the class to be heard, have their own places in the world and be present instead of always looking at life through the screens on their cell phones.
“If you stand and cheer for someone else when you’re not the winner, you are the winner,” Hardy stated.
Avery MacLean, salutatorian, then gave an address before the childhood memories video brought tears to many eyes. Zoey Kocks gave the valedictorian address, followed by school memories and a second valedictorian address from Kylee Van Wagoner. After the graduates were presented with their diplomas, a great number of the class then entertained the crowd with some dance numbers before closing the evening.