LVHS graduation ceremony, ‘Gone With The Wind’

(Lander, WY) – There was a slight breeze at Saturday, May 23rd’s Lander Valley High School graduation ceremony, but that didn’t stop these graduates from celebrating their big day.

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The class song this year was “Sweet Victory” from SpongeBob SquarePants, when it probably should have been “Wind Beneath My Wings.” County 10 photo.
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Students hold their hats and march to their seats. County 10 photo.
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Students hold their hats and march to their seats. County 10 photo.
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Students hold their hats and march to their seats. County 10 photo.
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The storms are behind these graduates, with clear skies ahead for their futures. County 10 photo.

The LVHS band played on as members of the Military Science class began the presentation of colors, leading into a rendition of the Star Spangled Banner by the school’s Valley Singers.

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The LVHS Military Science class begins the presentation of colors. County 10 photo.
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The Military Science class members hold the flags tight to fend off the wind. County 10 photo.
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The LVHS Valley Singers perform the Star Spangled Banner. County 10 photo.

Lander School Board Chairperson Jared Kail then welcomed the crowd and introduced the 307 Alliance Singers, who performed an “Honor Song.”

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Lander School Board Chairperson Jared Kail addresses the crowd. County 10 photo.
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307 Alliance Singers sing an “Honor Song” to commemorate the graduate’s big day.

The first speaker of the night was student Mackenzie Janish, one of LVHS’s top academic seniors. “Life is short, and your worth is of utmost importance,” Janish told her peers.

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Mackenzie Janish speaks to her classmates. County 10 photo.

Next up was the faculty speaker, Jeremy Francom, chosen by the graduating class to address the class of 2021.

Francom regaled the crowd with an amusing story of a student who ate a spicy pepper from one of his plants on a day he had a substitute, then humorously tied it in with advice about taking chances in life.

“You don’t know how fun life can be if you don’t take a chance every now and then,” Francom stated.

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Faculty speaker Jeremy Francom keeps the laughs and heartfelt advice coming. County 10 photo.

The 2nd student speaker, Xak Thomas-Guerzon, also a top academic senior, then took the stage. “I hope you all learn to live in the moment,” Xak told her fellow graduates.

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Xak Thomas-Guerzon speaks to her classmates. County 10 photo.

The Valley Singers then took the stage a second time, singing “Lonesome Road,” and student body president Kaleb Simonson soon followed to commence with the turning of the tassles.

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The Valley Singers sing “Lonesome Road.” County 10 photo.
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Student body president Kaleb Simonson gave the graduates the go-ahead to turn their tassels. County 10 photo.

Principal Brad Neuendorf and Vice-Principal Hillary Reisig then offered some final words before introducing the LVHS class of 2021, who were so excited they could barely keep the caps on their heads.

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Graduates march to the stage to collect their diplomas. County 10 photo.
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Graduates march to the stage to collect their diplomas. County 10 photo.
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Graduates march to the stage to collect their diplomas. County 10 photo.
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Grads receive their diplomas. County 10 photo.
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Grads receive their diplomas. County 10 photo.
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Grads receive their diplomas. County 10 photo.
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Grads receive their diplomas. County 10 photo.
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Grads receive their diplomas. County 10 photo.
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Grads receive their diplomas. County 10 photo.
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Grads receive their diplomas. County 10 photo.
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Grads receive their diplomas. County 10 photo.
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Grads receive their diplomas. County 10 photo.
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Grads receive their diplomas. County 10 photo.
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Grads receive their diplomas. County 10 photo.
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Grads receive their diplomas. County 10 photo.
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Grads receive their diplomas. County 10 photo.

Also honored and acknowledged were the following students who have been recruited into various branches of the U.S. military: Conner Ayers, Justin George, Brandon Goulet, Camron Kitchen, Tucker McDonald, John Whitley, and Colton Wietzki. Thank you for your current and future service to our country young men!

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Students off to the U.S. military standing in recognition. County 10 photo.

In lieu of valedictorians and salutatorians, LVHS honors their top ten academic seniors. They are as follows: Jennifer Bautz, Vaishnavi Bhavsar, Kaycee Conder, Sierra Firth, Megan Haratyk, Mackenzie Janish, Garrett Link, Emilee Sheridan, Xak Thomas-Guerzon, Jessica White, L’anza White, Hazel Womack.

Congratulations LVHS grads, you did it!

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The graduates toss their caps, which, due to the wind, were later found in Kinnear… County 10 photo.

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