Many of Valley High School's 170 graduating seniors are already working full time or raising families.

But members of the school's 15th graduating class, who come from all areas of the Jordan School District, made their transition from high school complete Wednesday during commencement exercises held in the Eastmont Middle School auditorium.One of the things Valley's students have in common is that unusual circumstances led to their enrollment in the school.

Tiffany Smart was one of four graduating seniors who spoke at graduation exercises She talked about accepting who she is, taking charge of her life, creating her own goals and realizing she is a person who can have an impact on society.

Joshua Lee Anaya said, "Valley has turned me around, and now the dream of college is a reality."

College plans for Valley's graduates include a total of $2,600 in scholarships offered to four Valley students.

Emilie Patton talked about the basics of high school education and their use in the "real world."

"English is understanding heartbreak and failure and emotions that transcend time. In science we learn the discipline of observation. In math we search for the right formula to life's equations," she said.

T. Justin Bowcutt concluded his remarks by asking his classmates not to forget their high school dreams and memories. "Remember Valley with fondness in your heart."

Graduating senior Bobby Besmehn, a musician and juggler who has plans to pursue his craft professionally in Reno after graduation, received special recognition and performed during the commencement exercises. "A Lot to Learn," written by student Daniel Robert Brody especially for the graduation exercises, was performed by Maureen Kelly Spratt and Eli Gregory Probst.

Assistant Superintendent Marlin A. Fairbourn accepted the class. Diplomas were awarded by Rodney L. Dahl, Jordan School District board member. The class was presented by Principal Clyde Mellberg.


Valley High School

Graduation theme: "We Face the Bright Tomorrow."

Location: 11020 S. State, Sandy

Graduates: 170

Student speakers: Joshua Lee Anaya, Tiffany Ann Smart, Emily Ruth Patton, T. Justin Bowcutt