GRANDVIEW - The weather was beautiful and the faces were beaming with joy as the Grandview High School class of 2010 poured into Rich Leenhouts Stadium this past Saturday.
There were 122 graduates and numerous family, friends and community members enjoying the commencement exercises.
The class motto was "Behind us are memories, beside us are friends, before us are dreams that will never end."
Assistant Principal John Jennings was selected to be the class speaker. He first asked the class to recognize the faculty and families who have supported and guided them through the years.
He told the class it had chosen wisely when selecting its motto because a good adage "will be relevant through the ages."
Jennings looked back at one memory the class shared. That memory was of when Elva Trevino Hart shared her book Barefoot Heart with the students at GHS.
Hart included adages the speaker felt were relevant to the journey of the class of 2010. He said one quote pointed out "We are a long way from where we are to be."
He shared the reason he felt such a quote was relevant. He said it takes many years to make a person's education transfer into real life application.
"Actions will be measured, not words," shared Jennings. He said the second adage points out many things, including that adversity will teach individuals more than 10 years of a college education will.
"You will all go on to learn from the school of hard knocks," he continued, adding some will obtain a college education, but everyone must learn from life's experiences.
Jennings advised the class to choose wisely when dealing with adversity because each decision has a different outcome.
Class valedictorian Komal Naran and salutatorian Marisol Lara chose to write their speech together. Naran delivered the speech in English and Lara addressed those in attendance at the ceremonies in Spanish.
The pair continued with the theme of the class motto, stating if each of the students was asked to share their life story a different biography would be given.
"Each of us has experienced different challenges to reach high school graduation," shared Naran.
She said those experiences are what make up the memories left behind.
The friendships that have been formed throughout the graduates' four years at Grandview High School are also unique.
Naran said, "Many friendships have been formed, others were lost...the past four years have brought us closer and we have come to realize our true friends."
Naran and Lara's speech continued, pointing out there is much ahead for the graduating class of 2010.
The two said they have learned throughout the years to move forward, never giving up, living with a motivated and determined spirit.
"Motivation and determination will help make our dreams come true," the speakers noted.
Chelsea Meyer spoke next, sharing the poem Dream Big. A special musical performance of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World" directed at the class was then given by Marlee Andrews and Jason Babcock.
Grandview High School Principal Mike Closner next praised the class of 2010 for its many accomplishments, announcing more than $279,000 in scholarships was awarded to the graduates.
"I am proud to know the class of 2010," shared Grandview School District Superintendent Kevin Chase before presenting the class to the school board and the crowd gathered at the ceremony.
"I want you to remember they are all individuals with strong personalities and this is the beginning of their work. I have every confidence in the world we will see great things from them," he continued.
ASB President Clinton Schloss and Senior Class President Josh Jardine announced each of the 122 GHS graduates as they accepted their high school diplomas from the school board before celebrating their achievements with silly string and shouts of joy.