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THE SPIRIT OF WATERFORD WILL LIVE ON IN CLASS OF ’89, SCHOOL LEADERS SAY

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The Waterford School may be closing its doors in Provo, but the spirit of the school will live on forever in the class of 1989, school leaders told family and friends at Waterford's final commencement Thursday.

"We come together not to close the school but to honor one of the finest graduating classes," said Nancy Heuston, head of the school. "It is their responsibility now to carry Waterford forward in whatever way an individual can."Dustin Heuston, chairman of the board of the Waterford Institute, said, "This has been a unique school, but the greatest honor is in its students. Waterford Provo will never die in that great institution."

What's made a difference at Waterford is who the teachers are and the lives they lead and the values they stand for, said Julia Warner, student body president.

"Through your example we have learned how to be good people, and that will stay with us for the rest of our lives. It is now our turn as graduates to live our lives in such a way to be examples to those we teach."

Mark Bromley, Waterford biology teacher, told graduates, "Your worth as people is measured by what you have brought to this school, by your loyalty to Waterford, by what you have given to us, your parents and your peers and by how you intend to live your life."

Diplomas were awarded to 22 Waterford seniors at the exercises in the Provo Tabernacle. The class includes two National Merit Scholars and a Benson Scholar.

Officials at the Waterford Provo campus announced in March that the school would close after June commencement because of a lack of funds and denial of a proposed partnership with Provo School District.

The local school's programs will now combine with the Waterford School in Sandy. To replace the local private school, a group of parents have organized a new school, Meridian, in a similar fashion to Waterford. Meridian will open next fall.