Graduates celebrate high school’s end
Mortarboards, shiny robes and “Pomp and Circumstance” were the rage this weekend at Bear River and Nevada Union High Schools as the class of 2007 celebrated the rite of passage known as graduation.
At Nevada Union, family and friends cheered from the sidelines armed with sunglasses, cameras and flowers as more than 500 graduates filed onto the field Saturday morning at Hooper Stadium.
“Do you remember your first day of school?” Principal Marty Mathiesen asked NU’s Class of ’07.
The students’ electric blue robes glinted in the sunlight as Mathiesen asked them to stand and give themselves a long round of applause. The class included 43 valedictorians who earned a grade point averages of 4.0 or above.
In her valedictorian speech, Iris Malone talked about the pros and cons of conformity, encouraging her classmates to fight apathy and diverge from the crowd occasionally. She concluded with a quote from Abbie Hoffman, “Sacred cows make the best hamburgers.”
Keynote speaker and 1984 NU grad Reinette Senum gave the graduates a brief overview of their “millennium” generation, which she said has experienced the biggest generation gap since the advent of rock ‘n’ roll.
“You grew up with a mouse in one hand and a computer screen as part of your world view,” Senum said. ‘You have learned to surf the Internet as you learned to read.”
When it came to the end of the commencement, the “Internet generation” regressed to an age-old tradition – tossing their caps into the air.
Bear River grads
Bear River High School teacher Chris Bean said he’s a better person today than he was four years ago and it’s all because of the school’s Class of 2007.
After a rousing applause and a few words at Friday’s commencement, the popular history teacher told the more than 250 graduates how much they changed his life, how much he loved them and how much they’ll be missed.
“All I really needed to know, I learned from the Class of 2007,” Bean told the celebratory teens dressed in maroon gowns and mortarboards on a clear night at J. David Ramsey Stadium.
Then Bean proceeded to list the four things the school’s graduating class taught him: “share everything,” “work hard and play harder,” “dare to be great” and “remember who you are and where you came from.”
Bean routinely mixed serious comments with humorous statements during his speech.
“I know you’re tired of mountain lion warnings and bionic deer that jump in front of your cars,” Bean said.
Yet as the Bear River graduates move forward in their lives, Bean said they shouldn’t fear death.
“Don’t be afraid that your life will end, be afraid that your life won’t begin,” he said.
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