Graduations galore in Garfield No. 16 |

Graduations galore in Garfield No. 16

Graduation ceremonies were in abundance the last of May for Garfield School District No. 16.

The first graduation I attended was at the Early Literary Center where I watched my granddaughter graduate from kindergarten.

This was a delightful ceremony organized by Mrs. Janice McKee and Ms. Patti Pitts, the kindergarten teachers. Each little graduate wore a graduation cap complete with tassel. Each child told us what he or she wanted to be when they grew up and their favorite part of kindergarten. Refreshments were served after the ceremony along with a lot of hugs and kisses.

I am confident in the future of Parachute/Battlement Mesa from seeing all those shining, happy 6-year-old faces.

Eighth-grade graduation

Next I attended the eighth-grade graduation at St. John Middle School. This is traditionally a formal affair for our eighth-graders, and this year was no exception. The young ladies were just beautiful in long dresses and high-heeled shoes, and the gentlemen were splendid in long pants with shirts and ties.

Principal Dan Hoey gave “a short address” to the class and the audience ” which he presented on a very long sheet of paper. Each graduate’s name was called, and each was presented a certificate by Mr. Hoey.

My daughter, Dani, was one of these graduates, so this was an especially important ceremony for me. The students then attended a dance in the commons area of the school and we parents were asked to leave. Oh well, it now continues in high school.

Grand Valley High School graduation

On Saturday morning, May 29, commencement exercises were held at Grand Valley High School for the graduating class of 2004.

Forty-two graduates filed down to receive their high school diplomas. This was a very moving and beautiful ceremony.

The invocation was given by Tarah Penner-Nichols, and Frank McPheron and Rosemary Devera gave the historian address. The co-salutatorians were Zachary Levine and Sacha Heikkila and the class valedictorian was Chris Johnson.

Ms. Tracy Hill, the guidance counselor at GVHS, presented honors and scholarships ” she presented over $100,000 in scholarships.

Ms. Sandy Hansen, the district public relations director, produced the traditional senior video, and it was a memorable presentation, as usual.

A wonderful tradition at GVHS is the presentation of roses. The graduating seniors go into the audience and present roses to people who have been influential in their lives ” this is so heartwarming to witness and sometimes surprising to see who gets a rose.

The class asked its social studies teacher, Paul Harvey, to give the graduation address.

Dr. Steven McKee, superintendent of schools, presented the graduates to all five school-board members who were in attendance. Board president Danette Christensen presented each graduate with a diploma. The ceremony ended with a benediction from Clare Matza.

All in all just a wonderful way to send our community’s greatest assets out into the world.

Good luck to all of you and we are so very proud of you and anxiously await word on your accomplishments.

Mary Moore’s column, “Grand Valley News,” appears every other Thursday. To contact Mary with a news tip, call her at 945-8525,

ext. 108, or e-mail

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