Green River Pirates Turn Their Tassels to Bid Farewell


Green River High School (GRHS) celebrated the class of 2024 with a commencement ceremony that was hosted on Thursday evening.

Graduates, staff, family, friends and more gathered in the school’s auditorium to honor those that would be turning their tassels this year. The event began at 7 p.m. with a welcome from Rebecca Herrera before jumping into the speeches that were given by the 2024 Salutatorian and Valedictorian.

This year’s Salutatorian was Ryker Meadows, who said that throughout his years of being a Pirate, he has participated in many sports and the student council. He cautioned the younger generation to take it all in, because it goes by quickly.

“I keep thinking how much I’m going to miss this, and all these people,” Meadows stated, before the 2024 Valedictorian, Kamila Torrecillas, took to the podium next.

She stated that she was incredibly honored to be representing her graduating class, who she has created countless memories with. As a first-generation graduating Hispanic, Torrecillas incorporated both English and Spanish into her speech.

“In the blink of an eye, here we are, graduating,” she shared.

Following a slideshow presentation that showcased each graduate throughout their years, the diploma presentation was led by Kayce May-Riches, Principal, and Royd Hatt, School Board Member.

The 2024 graduating class for GRHS were Pricila Argomaniz, Angel Escalante (honor student), Julissa Escalante, Torrecillas (honor student), Jordynne Gingerich, Luis Hernandez-Quintana, Hoyt Hunt, Jenilee Keener (honor student), Laura Silveyra, Meadows (honor student), Favian Mendez-Escalante, Liliana Mendez-Garcia, Raul Mendoza, Kristopher Roberts (honor student), Nicole Seager (honor student), Michelle Tellez and Camryn Young.

“On behalf of the entire staff of Green River High School, I want to congratulate every one of you,” May-Riches stated, before saying that the world awaits them.

To cap off the ceremony, Dale Roundy gave a closing speech before the green tassels were officially turned and the 2024 graduates were released into the world. GRHS gave special thanks to Roundy and Herrera, class advisors, Emery School District Superintendent Ryan Maughann, school district Supervisor Doug Mecham and board member Hatt.

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