Celebrating Our Graduates!


The end of each school year is traditionally marked by the strains of “Pomp and Circumstance,” mortarboards and flowing robes, and speeches about never forgetting the past while pressing into the future. This year is no different.  And as our students leave us to begin their journeys beyond the high school walls, we leave them with these words from Anatole France: “To accomplish great things, we must not only act but also dream, not only dream, but also believe.”

For the first time, Canyons District celebrated graduation rites of five traditional high schools. The first-ever graduating class from Corner Canyon, which opened last fall for its inaugural year, joined seniors from Alta, Brighton, Hillcrest and Jordan high schools as members the CSD graduating class. 

Commencement exercises for the five schools were held Tuesday, June 3, 2014. Members of the Board of Education and the CSD Administration wish this year’s graduates good luck and much prosperity. We leave them with these thoughts from Mark Twain:  “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did.  So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”  
Alta senior Katrina Jones is a force to be reckoned with.

Jones plays the harp, runs track, is the Student Body Hawk Council Chairman, is a member of the National Honor Society, has edited the yearbook, worked on the school newspaper, gathered funds for Sub for Santa and maintained a 4.0 grade point average all through high school.
Brighton senior Carl Holm knows exactly what it takes to overcome seemingly insurmountable odds: courage, dedication and a complete unwillingness to blame others or feel sorry for yourself.  Ever.

That’s how this Bengal with a 3.9 grade point average left his FLDS family and started high school at Brighton with a third-grade education. And that’s how, in a few years, he’ll be the first person in his family in generations to earn a college diploma.
It’s hard to imagine that less than a year ago, there was a good chance that Christine Armas wasn’t going to walk across the stage on her own high school graduation day. In fact, there was a good chance she wouldn’t walk anywhere on her own again.

At first glance, you wouldn’t know that the young, vibrant, now-healthy senior at Corner Canyon High was in a horrific car crash last July that left her with major injuries to her elbow, wrist, ankle and foot. Fallout from the accident uprooted her from her home and interrupted her education. But now, as Christine readies to don her cap and gown and walk across that graduation stage on her own two feet, her scars serve as a reminder of the power of a positive determination to never give up.
Valerie Sanchez this week is graduating from high school — but she already has a resume that would knock your socks off.

All in the same year, the Hillcrest senior worked as an intern for the Utah Attorney General’s Office, and served as the District Governor for the Utah-Idaho Key Club, as a Midvale Youth Ambassador, and as president of Hillcrest’s Latinos In Action.
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