The ceremony began with musical selections performed by the WJHS Cadet/Concert Band and the WJHS Choir. Elliot Deadrick, WJHS Student Body President, led the pledge of allegiance and welcomed the family and friends attending the ceremony.
The Navajo County Sheriff’s Office presented Navajo County good citizen awards to Thomas Hancock and Melissa Boyd. The Frank Perkins Post #15 also gave American Legion awards to Joseph Ricks and Ashley Gilliam.
Joseph Ricks delivered his Valedictorian’s address, titled Building Blocks for Life, in which he compared life with the popular toy, Legos. In his address, Ricks pointed out that it is very hard to build with Legos without a good base and following the instructions. He also reminded his classmates that Legos, like life, is fun. “Enjoy the building, enjoy the playing, enjoy life,” he said.
Melissa Boyd’s Salutatorian’s address, Attitude can make it happen, the children’s tale of the Little Engine That Could was used to illustrate the importance of a positive attitude. “Your attitude in life is very important, even more important than your aptitude,” she said.
She encouraged her classmates to have a positive attitude throughout their high school years.
Speaking on behalf of the student body and faculty, Kim Garcia, WHS Student Body President-Elect, welcomed the graduates into their new school.
WJHS Principal Jim McLean concluded the students to, “Dream, Believe, Strive and Achieve,” the school’s motto. McLean said the graduating class was a very good class with a large amount of potential. “I’m sad to see them go, but happy to see them on their way,” he said.
After the ceremony a graduation party/dance was held at the cafeteria. A parent led committee organized the party.