Excelling to new heights
Sandy High School's class of 2019 was sent into the real world Friday, June 14, with a comical and motivational speech from Superintendent Aaron Bayer.
He started off bemoaning that he'd planned to utilize a speech from actor Ashton Kutcher, but a principal in West Virginia had beat him to it and ruined it for him. He then concluded by reciting a bedtime story to the students.
Of 10 finalists, Derek Evans was named this year's Outstanding Senior.
Evans plans to attend the University of Oregon's Honors College in the fall to major in public policy analysis and Spanish. He aspires to go into a career in policy law specializing in immigration and migrant work issues.
Oregon Trail School District Board of Directors Chairman DJ Anderson added that while grads were preparing for after-parties, the summer and their futures, their parents are picking out paint colors for "their new home office, which (the grads) once called (their) bedroom."
SHS graduated 340 students June 14, sending them on their way to pursue goals to join the workforce, save up for a better future or pursue higher education.
"I firmly believe no matter what you do in life, you should strive to be the best," Anderson noted. "Do not be afraid to affect change; do not be afraid to be a leader; do not be afraid to love life. Leave your mark on the world."
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