(Riverton, Wyo.) – The Riverton High School Class of 2014, 164 strong, graduated this afternoon before packed house at Wolverine Gym.
Valedictorians for the class were Rachel Graham, Brook Hurse, Autumn Hutson, James Manzanares, Rachel Rapp, Kathryn Thayer, Jamie Walker and Sean Watts. Each gave their own congratulations to their fellow classmates wishing them the best in their lives from this point forward.
Commencement speaker was RHS staff member Claire Peart. She told the graduates that her take away from today was simple: “Find what makes you truly happy. Do things and do them well. Do these things for you and to make your life better,” she said. “Keep on going, find people in your life to love and support you and allow them to be there for you. Find your happy.”
Fremont County School District #25 Board Chairman Larry Christensen said he hoped the education they received at RHS would lead the graduates into college or into the career and technical fields of their choosing. “Your future is ahead of you,” he said. “There are 450,000 skilled positions unfilled and it’s our job to make sure you students are ready for the risks and challenges ahead, and to fill these jobs.” Quoting from a Discovery Channel show he watched recently, Christensen said the skills gap in the country is widening. “We hope you will take risks and meet the challenges ahead of you to fill those jobs or to become successful in whatever you do.” Finally, he reminded the grads, “Life is not as much about the destination as the journey.”
Schools Superintendent Terry Snyder reminded the graduating seniors to not only be successful in whatever they decided to to next, “but be a good person too.” Snyder remarked that the seniors standing before him were in kindergarten when 9-11 occurred. “Now that I look out on you, I know our future is in good hands. I’m very proud to have known you.
The RHS Symphonic Band played “Goddess of Fire” and the Senior, Concert and Jazz choir Members than sang, “You’ll be in my heart.”
RHS Principal John Griffith then presented the graduates and each came up individually to accept congratulations from Griffith, Christensen and the other members of the school board along cheers from family and friends in the gymnasium.
Before the event was adjourned, RHS also acknowledged the 10 international exchange students that have attended the school in the past year.
Below is a list of the graduates, followed by photographs from today’s ceremony:
Photos by Ernie Over. Click on images to enlarge.