By Rachel Roberts
On Friday afternoon, Carbon High School held commencement exercises for the graduating class of 2015. The graduating class consisted of 179 students.
After the presentation of colors by the American Legion and the “Star-Spangled Banner” performed by the Carbon High School vocal jazz and bands, Madilynn Barr, senior class president, began the program with a welcome as well as special recognition for Rick Deaton, a Carbon High teacher who is retiring. After her remarks, principal Bruce Bean made a special presentation. He was followed by valedictorian Anna Bryner, who spoke on the graduates’ theme: “We’ve come a long way, but not half as far as we will go.”
Following Bryner’s remarks, a selection of students sang the graduation theme song “I Lived.” After the musical number, Barr once again addressed the graduates with a retrospective speech. A musical selection entitled “And Wherever You Go” was then performed by the Carbon High School vocal jazz and concert choir.
The next speaker was valedictorian Lauren Engar, who paid tribute to the teachers. After Engar’s speech, the Carbon High symphonic band performed “The Hunger Games.” This song was followed by valedictorian Danni Noyes, who gave her tribute to parents.
The class was then presented by principal Bean, after which the keynote speaker, Utah State Representative for District 69 Brad King addressed the graduates. He was followed by the Carbon High School vocal jazz performing “Say Something.”
The event concluded with the awarding of diplomas and the recessional.