Riverton High School Class of 2024: ‘Glasses Half Full’

    (Riverton, WY)  Faculty, families, and friends gathered to celebrate nearly 150 graduates of Riverton High School Class of 2024 with commencement services that took place on Sunday, May 19, in the RHS gymnasium.

    The program began with processional music, “Pomp and Circumstance” and the “Star Spangled Banner” performed by the RHS Band, conducted by Dr. Andy Peeks.

    The Welcome Address was given by School Board Chair Lynette Jeffres, with RHS Principal Thomas Jassman introducing all program speakers, the presentation of diplomas, and recognition of five Education First high school exchange students.


    Salutatorian Kathrine Shields and Valedictorian Aiden Jones spoke first, followed by Mr. Daniel McLane delivering the Graduation Address.

    The Announcement of Graduates was given by Assistant Principal Reggie Miller, with the Certification of Graduation given by Superintendent Jodi Ibach.

    Class Song: “Never Grow Up” by Taylor Swift

    Class Flower: Red Rose


    Class Motto: Hakuna Matata

    Watch the 2024 Senior Video on YouTube. For more info and photos, visit the Riverton High School Wolverines Facebook page.

    “There are only three things that you really control in this world; no one can take these from you: Your work ethic, your education (no matter how you get it, from an institute of higher learning or the school of hard knocks, it’s yours)…and the other is your integrity. Safeguard them all…” “…In the wise words of Christopher Robin: You are greater than you believe, stronger than you see, and smarter than you think.” – Lynette Jeffres, FCSD #25 Board Chair


    “This new chapter is yours for the taking…therefore I encourage you to do what you love, making choices you want to make. There will always be people around you telling you what to do, and the best decisions to make. But this new chapter should be one of independence. For my people-pleasers out there, I hope you learn to prioritize yourself…You are here to create your own experience…not your parents, or your teachers, or your friends, but yours. Go out and achieve what your five-year-old self dreamed of…now is the time to be the person you always wanted to be…The past is behind you now; the future is yours to create.”  – Katherine Shields, Salutatorian

    “With every choice we make, person we meet, and path we follow, we can choose the negative side of hate, lies and failures, or we can live or we can view life with a glass-half-full type of way, choosing to love, be honest and fair, and with even our failures, there are chances to learn and succeed…if we choose the glass-half-full life, our lives will be full of joy and laughter…learn to laugh, especially at ourselves. Life is so much more enjoyable and fun if we can simply find humor in the ups and downs of life. If we are light-hearted and learn to laugh at ourselves, we make a harmless, clumsy, and most likely, pretty funny mistaken we can live our lives so much happier. Laughter is a reminder that life doesn’t have to be so serious all the time, and sometimes our mistakes can be our fondest memories because we share a good laugh with the people we love. I believe that if all of us today live to learn and learn to fail, believe in ourselves and let the laughter fill a glass-half-full lifestyle, we will all live fulfilling, happy, and successful lives.”  Aiden Jones, Valedictorian

    “You, in fact, are special. You are unique, and you are truly one of a kind. Neil deGrasse Tyson said it the best: “Most humans who could exist will never exist.” They will never bask in a splinter of the sun, or take a breath of fresh air. They will never take a look at the night sky and sit in awe at how truly lucky we are. They will never have the experiences life has to offer and unlike you, they will never graduate from high school. In short, you have beaten tremendous odds to be here…the best piece of advice I can give you is this: Do not squander your time here on this Earth, for it far more precious and valuable than you can possibly imagine.” Mr. Daniel McLane, RHS Social Studies


    True success is not just about achievements, but also about leading a fulfilling and balanced life. Make time for activities that bring you joy. Prioritize self-reflection and mindfulness, and prioritize you well-being above all else. As you stand on the threshold of a new beginning equipped with the knowledge, skills and experiences garnered over the past four years, I urge you to embrace the journey ahead with courage, curiosity, and unwavering belief in your abilities.” RHS Principal Thomas Jassman.


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