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Closing the books

The cheers of families and friends, the beaming faces of graduates, and a unique rap song marked the graduation ceremony at Bear River High School on Friday.

In the late afternoon light, the graduating class of about 280 seniors dressed in maroon gowns and caps with golden tassels marched into the J. David Ramsey Stadium from the nearby school building, as the onlookers craned their necks to catch a glimpse of the graduate they’d come to congratulate.

Valedictorian Hannah Morehouse, in a brief, chatty speech, thanked her teachers, warned her classmates about the problems of the world – including high gas prices and an ongoing war – and encouraged them to prove themselves as individuals.



“We have to do a better job than the people in charge now,” she said, alluding to the current political situation.

Seniors Jobany Betancourt and Kenny Giacomini, however, stole the show with their outstanding rap performance of the graduation song they’d composed. Even some board members of the high school district could be seen tapping their feet and nodding their heads to their vigorous rhythm.




Superintendent Ralf Swenson referred to the song in his speech as an example of the changing times.

“In my days, a wrap was used to wrap gifts, not to entertain high school graduates,” he said with a smile.

Swenson encouraged students to use the “incredible access to information and knowledge available today” that wasn’t easily accessible to him in the early 1970s when he graduated, he said.

Swenson congratulated and accepted the class of 2008 to a round of boisterous cheers from the audience and students.

Board members and school administrators then handed out the diplomas to the graduating class.

To contact Soumitro Sen, e-mail ssen@theunion.com or call 477-4229.

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