2019 SFTHS grads head out to get involved in the world

Throwing their caps, the 2019 SFTHS grads celebrate their accomplishment. Photo by Brad Shaffer, allsportsdigital.com.

Santa Fe Trail High School’s 2019 honor students offered an abrupt reminder that you can’t live life to its fullest while sitting on the bench – you’ve got to get in the game. At the school’s 49th commencement exercises on May 11, 2019, the salutatorian and valedictorian, Josh Stone and Reegan Sisson, encouraged their fellow graduates, family and friends, to face challenges as life presents them.

Salutatorian Stone congratulated the graduates for reaching their important milestone, but noted they wouldn’t be there without the help of people around them and also their own involvement in their educations.

“For me, the biggest lesson of high school is that it’s important to get involved,” Stone said. “That’s a lesson I will take with me and hope you do too as we go out into the world today. To get involved and not stay on the sidelines.”

Quoting Benjamin Franklin, “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn,” Stone said.

“I hope we can all remember the importance of staying involved as we take our next steps,” Stone said.

“The last four years have been filled with moments of learning and moments of experience,” he said.

Valedictorian Sisson noted the graduates would soon go separate ways, reminding of Mr. Hug’s comment that students “were all going to disperse from this school one day like a covey of quail.”

He was right, Sisson said, “Some of us are going to be moving far from home in the next step our journey. Today, with this ceremony, things got real very quickly. I know we are all thinking about our next big step in life.”

Sisson said she was reminded of a song that encouraged listeners to not sit when you should be dancing.

The lyrics tell a story of “when you’re given the choice to live life to the fullest and are being challenged to enjoy the process along the way,” she said. “I think these lyrics mean that we can’t sit out on the sidelines and let life pass us by. It means that we should be treating life like a dance and making the most of it. We shouldn’t fear the challenging things coming in our futures, or be afraid to take chances, and make mistakes. We need to live fearlessly.”

Wishing her classmates the best of luck in their future, Sisson advised, “When you’re given the choice to sit out or dance, I hope you dance.”

SFTHS Assistant Principal Keith Johnson presented the Santa Fe Trail High School class of 2019 for recognition by SFTHS Principal Patrick Graham.

USD 434 Board of Education President Randy Boudeman and board of education members Zac Anshutz, Tanner Black, Liz Clark, Amy Crotinger, Michele Ferris, and Jason Supple presented diplomas to 66 graduates.

SFTHS students accepted for graduation for 2019 were: Rachel Michelle Anderson, Cole Allen Arnold, Trevor Allen Beavers, Samuel Quentin Blanchett, Lilli C. Born, D.J. Bridgeford, Kylee Michelle Burgoon, Tristan Alexander Burr, Jess Rand Butler, Gustas Buterakos II, Kailey Lynn Marie Cashier, Anastasia Cathline Caskey, Leona Laverne Caskey, Ellen Elizabeth Coltrane, Otis Seay Costlow, Kali Jora Drake, Gabriel Reece Dunnaway, Caleb Brennan Edward, Caden Alan Feliciano, Carter Graham Greenfield, Mackenzie Michelle Guyle, Gabriella Nichol Hale, Harris Marie Hamit, Caleb Ryan Harmes, Richard Jay Hart, Morgan Delaney Hermann, Will Lamoine Herren, Mark Henry Huddlestun, Bryce Dean Isabell, Isaiah Eugene Jarrett, Caleb Douglas Jeanneret, Amanda Kaye Jones, Emma Sue Lacey, Jett Alan Lill, John David Long, Mark Harlan Lucas, Makya Leo McClendon, Sawyer Renae-Liann McClendon, Marvin Joe McWhorter IV, Nathan Andrew Wayne Myrick, Christopher Paul Nabus, Erin Renee Neugebauer, Domonic Paul Ortiz, Jose Luis Paredes, Jason Taylor Prettyman, Hannah Christine Pursley, Reice Santino Randles, Logan Shane Reed, Garbriel Andrew Rose, Riley Hanami Rowe, Quenton Davis Seachord, Ryely Mitchell Seals, Hunter Shane Shannon, Scott Kennedy Sheets, Tristan Lee-Joseph Shepard, Joshua-Lee Bryan Shreve, Reegan Grace Sisson, Joshua Daniel Stangis, Joshua Stephen Stone, Kaylee Rae Sund, Nicole Argyle Swiger, Cody Michael Tyler, Phillip David Wells, Nathan Dakotah White, Tyler Christian Wood, Elise Renee Woods.

Senior class sponsors are Angela Black and Heather Garrison. USD 434 superintendent is Steven Pegram.

“Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail,” Ralph Waldo Emerson.

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