Emery High put a different spin on graduation this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Students in the 2020 graduating class arrived in their cars and parked in the south parking lot, east of the softball fields, for a commencement ceremony that will not be soon forgotten. The speakers addressed the crowd from a decorated flat bed trailer and KOAL broadcasted the messages over the radio for all in attendance to hear.
Madison Thomas started off the program with the poem entitled “Good Timbers.” Salutatorian Teryn Allred followed and shared how “flawed” times can be the most memorable of times. All we can control is how we react to situations, she said. Brax Jensen, salutatorian, reflected on moments from the lives of LeBron James, Larry H. Miller and Muhammad Ali, mentioning that all of these men had a burning desire to be great and had the work ethic to back it up. Jace Jorgensen, valedictorian, closed out the graduates’ comments with several life lessons he has learned.
Superintendent Larry Davis thanked the students, teachers and everyone else that has helped close out this uncommon school year. Principal Steve Gordon then presented the graduates to the school board and Tracey Johnson accepted the seniors.
One by one, students got out of their cars to receive their diplomas. The graduates then returned to their cars and waved to their teachers as they exited the parking lot.
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