Moffat grads gobble up scholarships

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MOFFAT — At the start of the Moffat High School graduation ceremony on May 20, the crowd learned that the eight graduates received more than $22,000 in scholarships for furthering their education. They were accepted at more than 20 different institutions in total. Now they will head to two-year schools, four-year colleges, cosmetology school, and Job Corps training programs.

Following the pomp and circumstance processional and national anthem, counselor Alex Moore highlighted the class achievements and singled out each student. Teacher and class sponsor Dan Hart followed with more stories about each student.

Alex Childers showed Hart “the value of a smile and positive attitude.”

Rochelle Childers reminded Hart of Charlie Brown, a person with humble perseverance.

“It’s a great day to graduate,” Hart quipped.

Rowan Sisson demonstrated optimism by persisting on projects until he got it right. Ethan Richardson shared a similar optimism, according to Hart. Richardson adapted to design changes in wood shop class until he found the right balance, reminding Hart of Bill Nye the Science Guy mixed with Beaker from the Muppets. As Hart sees it, graduate Cairn Pike remains true to himself. Hart never witnessed Pike disrespecting others.

Danarose Duran followed Hart’s recognition for the graduates by recognizing key teachers and administrators. The students selected Mike Roberts as their guest speaker. An English teacher and coach, Roberts said, “I bleed green and gold.”

Roberts highlighted challenges for the graduates, and he said, “Many want you to believe that this is the first day of adulthood. Clearly, you’ve been mature enough for a while. You can be considered adults. You get up early. You show up on time. You have jobs.”

Roberts concluded his speech with a nod to perseverance.

“I hope you remember your friendships and family fun. And remember to get up when you fall down — like a Cowboy,” Roberts said.

Richardson and Sisson spoke about athletic challenges and other memories before the second-highest graduate, Luke Maykowski, gave the Salutatorian Speech.

“Being given the opportunities I had here is something I won’t forget and don’t intend to,” Maykowski said, “regardlessif it’s as grandiose as working on a mural here.”

Closing out the speeches, valedictorian Rose Tallmadge said, “It feels like the end of an era. I’m so excited to see where everyone goes from here.”

Kathy Garcia made it official and awarded the diplomas. The graduates shifted tassels from left to right and completed the ceremony by tossing their hats in the air.