Santana Martinez, left, Moriah Central School salutatorian, joins classmate Alexis Burch prior to graduation ceremonies June 22.
The Moriah Central School Class of 2012 was asked to look back and offer thanks during its commencement ceremonies.
“I thought a lot about what I was going to get up here and speak about — and I have nothing,” Valedictorian Andrew King said at graduation exercises June 22. “There’s no life lesson I can teach you all, at last not one you don’t already know or know of. And I really don’t want to get up here and give this big emotional upheaval to the audience and have no one really take anything from it.
“So, recently I went through the elementary (school) and gave thank you cards to all my old teachers,” he continued. “It was really nice to show some gratitude to those who helped build me up to the person you see here today. It taught me the meaning of showing gratitude and how you want to leave on a good note and a thank you.”
King then thanked his classmates, singling out several. He noted the good and not-so-good times they shared.
“I remember watching the crowning of prom princess,” King told classmate Jasmine Callis, “and the moment it got to you, you burst into tears. I really didn’t have a good prom, but seeing how much it meant to you made it all worthwhile. Thank you.”
The entire Class of 2012 has added to King’s life, he said.
“Everyone of you in your own way helped build me up to the person I am today, some more than others,” he told fellow seniors. “For the ones that really meant a lot to me I’d like to thank you now.”
The Moriah graduation included the presentation of diplomas, awards and remarks by salutatorian Santana Martinez.
Martinez noted the Class of 2012 is a group of close friends.
“Being a part of the Class of 2012 has been great, she said. “I couldn’t have asked for a better class. We have so many smart young men and women on this stage right now. Our class is one of the closest to ever graduate. We all have our best friends, but when it comes down to it, we’ll always come together if one or another needs it.”
But while the class is close, it is diverse, Martinez noted.
“We cannot all be measured by a grade point average, we can’t entirely be conveyed with a transcript, and we cannot be summarized in a diploma — career passport or not,” the salutatorian said. “For in addition to our quality education from the classroom, we’ve received an education in life from each other.
“The message of the summoned life is that you don’t need to panic if you don’t yet know what you want to do with your life,” Martinez said. “But you probably want to throw yourselves into circumstances where the summons will come, so keep your eyes open and always stay optimistic.
“They say life is all a bunch of doors of opportunity,” she continued. “Well, I am here to tell you that you must knock on all doors until your knuckles bleed. Doors will slam in your face. You must pick yourself up, dust off and knock again.”
Martinez urged her classmates to work hard.
“Remember, you can’t climb the ladder of success with your hands in your pockets,” she said. “Work hard, stay kind, follow your heart and success will follow you.”
The Moriah Central School Class of 2012 includes Casey Allen, Michael Badger Jr., Erica Baker, Lindsay Brace, Timothy Breeyear, Ivan Budwick, Alexis Burch, Carlo Calabrese, Jasmine Callis, Courtney Carson, Jennifer Chappell, Hailey Chapuk, Trevor Cheney, Samantha Cota, Landon Cross, James Curran, Emily Cutting, Rachel Demarais, Kyle Dever, Kevin Emmons, Amanda French, Duncan Gemmell Jr., Jeffrey Greenough Jr., William Heald, Miranda Hyatt, Keith Ida, Thomas Ida, Andrew King, Meghan King, Latasha Lord, Craig MacDougal, Melinda Malbon, Steven Martin, Santana Martinez, Stephanie Mauran, Josseline Medina-Flores, Troy Morin, Kevin Nesbitt, Ronald Perry, Natasha Pratt, David Quinn, Sara Rancour, Ethan Roberts, Conner Rodriguez, Whitney Salerno, Tucker Sargent, Benjamin Schaefer, Brooke Sheffer, Corinne Slycord, Shelby Sherman, Thomas Slattery, Alan Smith, Ryan Smits, Logan Sprague, Jacob Stevenson, Wendy Virmala, Hayley Waldron, Chantelle Waller, Crystal Warren, Symantha Jo Wright, Jamie Wykes and Kaitlyn Zerbe.