Pictured: Carbon High School Principal Bruce Bean takes a moment to make a memory with some of the members of the school’s 2017 graduating class before the commencement exercises.
A sea of blue and white started on the journey of a lifetime Friday afternoon as Carbon High School honored the graduating class of 2017.
Over 180 students received their diplomas during the proceedings and also enjoyed a program meant to uplift and inspire. The class as a whole also received over 1.5 million dollars in scholarships.
Class Valedictorian Paul Bryner spoke on the commencement’s theme of “Strong alone. Unstoppable together.” by comparing the carbon molecules found in graphite, which is soft and breakable, to a diamond, one of the hardest substances on the planet.
Inez Johnson, the school’s senior class president, offered a retrospective over the past years together as a class as well as its highs and lows.
Salutatorian Sarah Ohlwiler took the chance next to offer a tribute to parents and teachers, thanking them for all they did for both Ohlwiler personally and the class as a whole.
The keynote speaker for the event was Carbon High alumna and Wellington native Sophia DiCaro. DiCaro, who currently serves as the Chief Compliance Officer for The Cynosure Group, has served the state in a variety of means, including as former member of the Utah House of Representatives.
DiCaro spoke to the graduates about several life lessons she has learned since her time at Carbon High, including the sense of pride she feels in her roots and her heritage as “a coal miner’s daughter from Wellington.”
Diplomas were then awarded by members of the Carbon School District faculty.