Graduation is a ceremony filled with mixed emotions for the students who have completed their requirements. There is sadness of leaving friends and teachers who have helped to guide them; there is uncertainty of the unknown that lies ahead of them; there is happiness as they begin a new and very exciting chapter in their lives.
Thirty-nine diplomas were presented by Alta School Board President Val Rosenthal - including one to her son, Ben.
Christine Sand was recognized with an honor medallion for her 4.0 grade point average. Several other statement were recognized with hoinor medallions for attaining a 3.5 or above grade point average - Brittany Corlew, Zach Ploeger, Scott Radke, Kayla Nickolisen, Alex Peterson, Cody Nesbitt, Bridget Brugman, Brooke Garrison, Jordan Hinkeldey, Jaimie Stevicks, Allison Glienke, Chelsey Peterson, Chris Schmitz and Braden Randall.
Addressing the graduates were members of the Class of 2008 - Christine Sand, Chelsey Petersen and Ben Rosenthal.
"I would like to thank everybody for coming and I would like to thank everybody who made this day possible for my classmates and me," said Chrisitne Sand, "Our teachers, coaches, family, friends and everybody in our lives have helped to support us throughout our education and have helped us to reach this day."
She reminded her classmates that "graduation is a turning point, where our lives may split into many different forks. Some of us are going to college, while others are entering the military or the work force. Regardless, for the past 13 years, we have al worked towards the commion goal of graduation."
She told the class that new goals must now be made
"We must set high goals for ourselves because we never know what we can do., Tom Krause, a motivational sxpeaker, once said, 'If you only do what you know you can do, you never do very much.' This is very true, so we must always push our limits to become the best that we can be.:"
Christine praised the support she and her classmates have received from teachers, coaches, family and friends.
"They have taught us our ABCs, how to read and write and most importantly, the difference between right and wrong. The love and support of our parents and families have always been important aspects in our lives. Win or lose, they have suported us in our endeavors, and they have always been there when we needed someone to talk to or a shoulder to cry on. From now on, though, we wil have to learn to make our own decisions because we are setting off to become adultas, as scary as that may sound.."
She told her class that those important people in their lives will continue to be there for them to give advice and to supoort them "but ultimately we will be on our own. Lucky for us, our parent, families and teachers have done a wonderful job raising us and teaching us how to become successful."
She told her clasmates that she is confident that each of them will be successful and she is anxious to see how they have accomplished it.
I would like to leave you with a quote from Dr. Seus, 'Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.'"