LYMAN — Graduation continues to be an end and a beginning, and the LHS graduates took these steps at their graduation ceremony last week on Thursday, May 27.
This year, with the COVID starting to abate, the ceremony was held in the high school auditorium instead of the high school parking lot like last year. The graduates, attired in the caps and gowns, marched into “Pomp and Circumstances” as tradition and took their seats on the stage bringing a boisterous reaction from the crowd.
The ceremony was almost a normalizing of life after the class had experienced many changes and restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic, which had created changes in the class’ last two years of high school
Jaydeen Neilson, salutatiorian, and Carter Huntsman, Valedictorian and also received the department awards for language arts, social studies, math, science and performing arts., talked about some of the experiences the class had to deal with such as cancelled activities, state tournaments and more.
Neilson brought a chuckle from the crowd when she said her classmates said, “Keep it short,” as she started her address. She spoke of the accomplishments of the school and class, 2A state football champions, a state champion golfer, three All-American cheerleaders and more.
In his speech Huntsman said, “No path is easy,” and talked about how LHS was locked down (warning a student was bringing a gun) when the class was freshmen. He talked about the challenges the class had face through their high school career –missed their Junior Prom, sports, staying at home, and had experienced the “longest spring break” Lyman had ever had after the virus outbreak last year – but they had learned from the challenges and pushed past the challenges.
High School Principal Todd Limoges presented LHS teacher Loren Huntsman. who retired after this school year, with the Outstanding Teacher Award. Huntsman has been a consistent force on the schools faculty and had served many years coaching for the school.