A year ago, they were students at Kearns, Cypress and Granger high schools.
On June 6, 265 seniors became Hunter High School's first graduates. "We took the challenge or risk," said Karla Mendieta, a member of the National Honor Society and a graduation speaker. "We took the road that was less traveled by, and that has made all the difference."The seniors chose the words of a classic Robert Frost poem as their theme. Mendieta said explorer Christopher Columbus might be considered their class role model.
"I'm sure there were concerns about three schools coming together as one, where rivalries may have been present," said graduation speaker Rick Jackson. "But I feel that we are as one, and as a result, have accomplished great things."
"The emphasis in our class hasn't really been on athletics, but on academics," said Jessica Millward, a graduation speaker and the student chosen to write a history for the school's time capsule. "We've come together as family."
She quoted writer William Faulkner in her speech. " `A man will not only endure, he will prevail.' And that's what we have done as the first graduating class at Hunter High."
The focus of valedictorian Philip Marsh's speech was goal-setting. "Remember, the turtle only makes progress when he sticks his neck out. And to win the race he sticks his neck out many times."
Senior Class President Dan Hancock welcomed officials and classmates to the ceremony, while Salutatorian Don Bogardus read the class's theme, Frost's poem "The Road Not Taken."
Graduation theme: "The Road Not Taken"
Location: 4200 S. 5600 West
Valedictorian: Philip Marsh
Salutatorian: Don Bogardus
Class speakers: Rick Jackson, Jessica Millward and Karla Mendieta
Senior class president: Dan Hancock