Urged on by a quotation from Goethe, 481 graduating seniors from Layton High School picked up diplomas Thursday in a ceremony in the high school auditorium.
"Whatever you dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic" is the Class of 1990's theme, from the writings of the German philosopher.After an invocation by class secretary Christi Anderson, senior class president Sandra Sharp greeted her fellow graduates, parents and faculty members, outlining some of the accomplishments of her class and presenting the class gift, a Freedom Shrine display of reproductions of historial documents from U.S. history.
Ninety-eight of the more than 480 graduating seniors received academic, athletic, or other scholarships. Sixty-five graduated with high honors, 37 as honor graduates, and 10 as commended graduates.
Class vice-president Patrick Dickerson, speaking on "Sail Beyond the Horison," elaborated on the class theme, quoting from Thoreau:
"If you built sandcastles in the air, your work need not be lost. That is where they should be. Now put foundations under them," Dickerson urged the graduates.
Other student speakers were Nicole Trudeau on "We Knew We Could"; Jennifer Best on "Journeys of the Mind"; Dustin Johnson on "We Have Only to Begin"; and Andrina Worthy on "Dream a Great Dream."
Principal Paul C. Smith presented the graduating seniors, and diplomas were awarded by education board member Louenda Downs and assistant district superintendent Steven Ronnenkamp.
A high point in the ceremony was when graduating senior Christopher Mansfield, injured severely in a 120-foot fall in an April hiking accident, rolled across the stage in his wheelchair to pick up his diploma.
The ceremony ended with a benediction delivered by student body president Kyle Jacobs.