Enterprise High School held their 90th Commencement Exercises for the Class of 2017. The EHS band opened the night for the graduates and the crowd also enjoyed the EHS choir musical number “Baba Yetu”.
Emily Shelley the co-Salutatorian shared her thoughts on life to the graduating seniors. “Go look for it and find what you love to do. Follow your dreams.”
Sara Bowler, so-Salutatorian opened with a quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson, “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” Bowler did point out that some seniors have had “senior-idos”. She ended her address with this, “EHS is part of who we are”.
Hannah Beckstrand the class Valedictorian encouraged the Seniors to follow their hearts and decide where life is going from here. She said, “Be bold, be courageous and be your best”.
Principal Rick Palmer stood up to Present the Graduates and said, “Enterprise is a unique place. You can have Elder Jeffery R Holland here on Monday and have Ozzy Osbourne here by Friday.”
He had a “Butt load of special presentations”(Darby Moyle) for those leaving the school. Kory Drake has been with the school as a janitor for 10 years. He was the “go-to guy” and was responsible for lighting the E hill. Larry B. Shurtliff the boy’s basketball head coach has been with Enterprise for 10 years. Former students said this about Coach Shurtliff. “He tried to make us great men”, “He always was helping us look for service”, “He taught us to walk a straight line on and off the court”. Randy Terry was the final faculty that was leaving the school after 34 years of service. He coached Wrestling for 22 years, coached baseball for 10 years, he also taught band, art, choir, rodeo club, upward bound, and was the media coordinator. Calvin Holt said while talking about Terry, “He was my teacher, my mentor and most of all my friend” Terry received a standing ovation for his work at the school.
Palmer began to chock up while he mentioned the kids (students). He picked out kids like Brent Mason for his amazing voice, Jacey Jessop for her ability to dance. He mentioned the hard work of Jesus Morales as he worked on the dairy, went to practice, and then school every day. He focused on the schooling Triston Pedersen has accomplished as a senior from the upward bound program as he graduated from Dixie State University with an Associates also in the beginning of May. He also couldn’t forget the 40 plus pairs of pajama bottoms that Jonah Jensen owns.
He is a principal that loves his students and the community. You can find Principal Palmer with his peers, and always at each event. His advice to the graduates was simple, “You have two eyes. Keep one eye on the past and one on the future”.
Becky Dunn a member of the Washington County School Board accepted the graduating class from Enterprise High School and gave them two pieces of advice. “Never give up on your dreams or yourself and keep learning”. She also reminded them that this is an end of journey and the beginning to so much more.
The most memorable moment of the graduation was Jonah Jensen. The senior has not cut his hair since 7th grade and after receiving his diploma he took off his cap and off came his long hair that was attached to his cap. The crowd erupted as Jonah waved his cap and hair in the air showing off his new short hairdo.
Your Graduating Seniors from Enterprise High School
Halle DraLe **
Lacy Drake **
Rose Hafen **
Kimberlee Hess **
Jayson Holt **
Jaid Hulet **
Kadee Hulet *
Amanda Humphries **
Maria Jewell **
Baylee Jones **
Shelby Lyman **
Jesus Morales **
Garrett Porter **
Austin Randall **
Jo B Shurtliff**
Paola Su Ye
Lauraine Terry *
The above students have completed all the requirements for graduation.
*Honor Students (wearing silver cords)
** High Honor Students (wearing gold cords)
CTE Pathway Completers (wearing orange cords)
CTE State Pathway Completers (wearing medallion)
Class & Exec. Council Officers (wearing white stoles)
If you missed the event you can watch the Graduation on thecube.com