Graduates of Payson High School were encouraged Friday to go into the future remembering the values of integrity, trust, commitment, service, attitude, and responsibility.
"Let us not forget each other and let us not forget to serve each other as well. The power of service is immeasurable. The changes we can achieve through an act of service are amazing," said Senior Class President Nathan Edvalson.The 371 graduates were honored during the ceremony, which was conducted at the McKay Special Events Center. Honored as Outstanding Senior Boy was Gregory Hatch, and Ann Webster was named as Outstanding Senior Girl. These distinctions were given based on grade point average, citizenship, voluntarism and extracurricular activities.
The theme for the graduation was, "What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us. What we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal."
Hatch asked his fellow graduates to go forth with integrity, which he defined as being honest at all costs. "The most important knowledge we take with us is who we are and what we stand for. This is integrity," he said.
Webster said graduates' attitudes can help them overcome disappointments and reach beyond their expectations.
Other graduates who spoke at the ceremony were Sarah Money, Christopher Quackenbush and Apryl Lee. Quackenbush said graduates need to place trust in themselves so that they can succeed and live good lives.
Money spoke of the importance of responsibility toward family members and others. However, the most important responsibility that graduates have is to themselves.
Lee said graduates should be proud that they committed to their education enough to achieve high school graduation, adding that more commitments were in store for them.