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TR PHOTO BY NOAH ROHLFING —West Marshall graduates throw their caps in the air after being announced as official graduates at the end of Sunday afternoon’s commencement ceremony.

STATE CENTER — In a crowded gym at West Marshall High School, Sunday afternoon ceremonies began with a video and song. Topped the Harry Styles “As It Was” charts, to be exact.

The video showing each of the senior West Marshall Class of 2022 quotes and playing the British singer’s new single helped set the stage for a launch event led by Principal Jake Randall and featuring three guest speakers from the student body as well as the Superintendent Jacky Large.

Randall spoke to the student body about the word beginning and what it means – pointing out the meaning of the word (to begin or begin) – and trying to underline what this day meant to each of them.

“Some of you may be nervous about what lies ahead,” Randall said. “However, wherever you go, whatever path you choose, go with confidence, a little imagination and a lot of anticipation down that path and through those doors, wherever they lead you.”

The next speaker was Large, who began with a lighthearted look at the top 10 songs of 2003 to make those in attendance laugh, including 50 Cent’s “In Da Club” and Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow’s “Picture.” . His most important point centered on the importance of hard work in the next steps ahead for graduates, as they won’t have GPS or navigation from anyone but themselves along the way.

The student speakers were headlined by valedictorian Grace Tollefson, who was calm and composed on the podium as she tried to sum up everything the group has been through over the past four years.

“As we push ourselves to greatness, let’s not forget all the people who have helped us along the way,” Tollefson said. “As we leave the school grounds today, let us proceed with integrity, drive and compassion. I look forward to seeing what the class of 2022 can achieve.

She was attended by Salutatorian Reilly Jensen and Class President Asher Nichols.

Jensen focused on learning experiences from start to finish.

“We made new friendships and strengthened old ones,” Jensen said. “We memorized countless formulas. We’ve turned in more missions than we can count. More importantly, we grew as individuals.

Nichols’ speech attempted to convey the wisdom that failure is inevitable – what would be important to older people in West Marshall is how they deal with the challenges that come with failure throughout life. .

“Look around and see the writers, the artists, the master welders,” Nichols said. “Athletes and future leaders, and the scientists around them. Each of you is capable of greatness.

After speeches and recognition from members of the National Honor Society, students were called out one by one to receive their diplomas.

After being confirmed as graduates, “Pomp and Circumstance” played and the Trojans stepped out into the Sunday sun, now at the start of the new chapter in their lives.

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