Senior Tyler Bowen didn't know what to expect when he walked into Lone Peak High School on the first day of classes for the new school last August.
All he saw was a conglomerate of individuals, many of whom he didn't know. But as time wore on, the school's first senior class, comprised of students from American Fork, Lehi and Pleasant Grove high schools, became acquainted with each other. And although they were thrown together by chance, they became united by choice, he said."High school is about the genesis and perpetuation of friendships," Bowen, Lone Peak's valedictorian, told the first graduating class of the school, which is located in Highland.
Nearly 420 seniors clad in maroon and black caps and gowns received diplomas at commencement exercises Friday at BYU's Marriott Center.
Graduates presented the school, whose mascot is the knight, a sword in a stone as a gift from the class of '98.
Student body president Steven Fillmore said high school is about creating memories. "I hope we will never forget it or want to forget it."
Fillmore also touched on the graduation theme, "Together by Chance - United by Choice."
"This is the end, the end of us together. But it is also the beginning," he said.
Salutatorian Mary Nielson told graduates that choices will determine the courses of their lives.
"Make decisions that define your character as you want it to be," she said. "Extend your will and exert your effort and you will become the person you defined."
Principal James E. Starr listed five goals he set for the first-year school, including establishing a high academic standard. Lone Peak's top 30 scholars had an average grade-point average of 3.997, he said.
Eight of the school's 12 Sterling Scholar nominees advanced to the state finals.