THE PLACES YOU'LL GO
The class of 2019's journey at Estacada High School came to an end last weekend.
On Saturday, June 8, 110 students received their diplomas during a ceremony at Buzz Randall Field.
English teachers Anya Hall and Heather Treanor read the names of the graduates as members of the Estacada School Board presented diplomas.
The ceremony featured several student speakers, including associated student body president and valedictorian Cheyenne Abbett, valedictorian Daisy Burnett, salutatorian Calvin Dryden and salutatorian Savannah Jossi.
Students spoke of their experiences in high school and how they had finally made it to graduation day.
"Like all journeys, there is a beginning and an ending," Dryden said.
"We persevered and we're here because of it," Jossi added.
Abbett noted that, although their time together as a class was coming to a close, their memories would last as they begin new adventures.
"This is the most uncertain point of our lives, but we'll remember our memories," she said.
Burnett encouraged her fellow graduates to continue using critical thinking skills
as they move beyond high school.
"The willingness and ability to form judgements of the validity of information must not be lost," she said. "Use your high school graduate facilities to see if the truth is translated or transformed."
Senior members of the Estacada High School choir performed the National Anthem and "I'll Be There for You" by The Rembrandts.
During an address to the graduates, Estacada High School Principal Bill Blevins noted that "great high schools do not come about by accident" and congratulated the scholars on their achievements.