Led by the first females in the school's history to hold the offices of senior class president and student body president, the Davis High Class of 1991 filed across the Dee Events Center stage Friday night.
Sarah Margetts, class president, and Annalisa Semadeni, student body president, didn't wait until after high school to make history. Each became the first of her gender to hold those posts in Davis High's 80-plus years.Christy Karras urged graduates to look for the good in others and realize everyone "has something to teach us." But, she said, each individual is capable of making his or her own decisions.
She quoted from Ralph Waldo Emerson's "Self Reliance." "What I must do is all that concerns me, not what the people think. It is harder because you will always find those who think they know what is your duty better than you know it."
Jon Wardle, speaking on mental growth, said, "Indeed, if we do not succeed in doing what is necessary and make social changes that must be made, we have not grown mentally, nor have we helped others."
Agreeing with a poem by Dr. Seuss, Rob Larkins told the graduates, "We all have brains and we all have feet. We are on the verge of being on our own and we are the ones who will decide where we will go.
"We must not be afraid of these decisions, nor afraid of failure. Let's face it, it is not always going to be easy. The key is we can't let these failures interrupt our direction."
Shauna McPherson cited several groups recently organized at Davis that have tried to help others: the Environmental Club, Amnesty International chapter, Animal Rights Club, Teen Line and ATAC, a drug and alcohol abuse prevention group.
Continuing her theme of growth through charity, she said, "Regardless of what we become, I hope we will all be remembered for being kind and charitable. I hope we won't leave our hearts at Davis, but move on wholeheartedly to what we will be doing next."
Graduation theme: "Davis High - A Great Place to Grow"
Number of graduates: 550
Senior class officers: Sarah Margetts, president; Matt Hirst, Keith Elison.
Student speakers: Christy L. Karras, Jon Wardle, Rob Larkins, Jeff Lewis, Shauna McPherson