The 1989 graduates of American Fork High School, dressed in red and white caps and gowns, received advice along with diplomas Friday evening at commencement exercises in the Marriott Center.
Valedictorian Randall Roper told his classmates not to be satisfied with only the knowledge they have now. "We must strive to gain vast fields of truth and not just accept the limited level of knowledge we have gained as being the ultimate truth."He said it is the person who pursues all the truth the world has to offer who uncovers the mysteries of the world.
"If your truth and past experiences lead you to the benches of the Supreme Court, remember the values you have gained and the importance of a continual pursuit of truth, and stand tall on the benches of life," Roper concluded.
Following a theme of brotherhood, salutatorian Heather Nielson spoke about people who make a positive difference in the world and urged her peers in the class of 1989 to emulate those people.
"Let's look toward the future," she said. "We have been taught what to do, so let's use it. If there is a job to be done, do it well. If there is a chance to go the extra mile, take it. Let's be the ones who make a difference."
Music was furnished by the school's band, which played "Espirit de Corps," and a cappella choir, which sang "It's Time to Go." Blake Evans, a member of the Alpine School Board, presented diplomas to the 380 graduates.
Remarks were given by Principal Vernon Henshaw, senior class president Steve Hatch, student body president Nathan Mecham, and senior class officer Marnie Zabriskie. Invocation and benediction were offered by Lisa Dalley and Luc Nguyen, honor students.
Earlier in the week, graduates attended baccalaureate services in the American Fork Tabernacle, where guest speaker Jack Christensen also addressed the brotherhood theme.