‘Just the be­gin­ning’

Avon View High School grads cel­e­brate an end of an era

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“I wish some­body would have told me babe, some day, these will be the good old days.”

A line from the per­fectly-suited Mack­le­more and Ke­sha song ti­tled Good Old Days played over the gym­na­sium sound sys­tem as 223 young peo­ple, from all walks of life, bid farewell to high school af­ter years of home­work, bas­ket­ball prac­tice, dances, break-ups, make-ups and ev­ery­thing else in­be­tween.

Diplo­mas in hand, smiles wide, and hug­ging each other fe­ro­ciously, the Avon View grad­u­at­ing class of 2018 is ready to take on the world.

Tyler Eddy, the school-elected speaker, thanked all of his fel­low grad­u­ates for mak­ing the en­tire high school ex­pe­ri­ence so in­cred­i­ble.

“It may have felt like a short time for some of you, and for oth­ers, it may have felt like a long time, but now here we are, ready to em­bark on our own path,” Eddy said from the lectern in the sti­fling au­di­to­rium.

“I couldn’t imag­ine a bet­ter way to spend my high school ca­reer. Ev­ery year we build greater friend­ships and stronger bonds as a class,” he said. “These friend­ships don’t end here how­ever, this is just the be­gin­ning.” Stu­dent-elected speaker Tyler Eddy thanks his fel­low grad­u­ates for mak­ing Avon View High School the won­der­ful place that it is.

Eddy thanked the teachers for ev­ery­thing they’ve done for them, and for the ad­min­is­tra­tion for be­ing so dili­gent with late slips.

Parents beamed with pride, while waft­ing the grad­u­a­tion pro­grams for some re­lief from the ris­ing tem­per­a­tures in the au­di­to­rium.

Tech­ni­cal dif­fi­cul­ties de­layed things slightly in the mid­dle of the pre­sen­ta­tion of diplo­mas, but the grad­u­ates took it in stride.

Avon View Prin­ci­pal Everett

MacPher­son said the grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony comes with a lot of pride.

“Get­ting to know the stu­dents at Avon View is such a tremen­dous ex­pe­ri­ence; they’re all won­der­ful peo­ple with great char­ac­ter,” MacPher­son said. “Watch­ing them cross that stage and rec­og­nize their ac­com­plish­ments is im­por­tant.”

MacPher­son thanks the larger Avon View com­mu­nity, who con­tinue to send high-spir­ited young peo­ple into its cor­ri­dors and class­rooms.

“This group of grad­u­ates cer­tainly had per­son­al­ity, a lot of in­ter­est in their sur­round­ings and each other,” he said. “They’re very sup­port­ive of each other and friendly. They’re a car­ing and em­pa­thetic group of in­di­vid­u­als.”

He noted that most of the grad­u­ates were born in the year 2000, mak­ing them the first group of grad­u­ates born in the new mil­len­nium.

A com­bined $628,000 in schol­ar­ships, bur­saries and other con­tri­bu­tions went to the grad­u­at­ing class.

COLIN CHISHOLM PHO­TOS

Avon View High School grad­u­ates of 2018 await their diplo­mas in the school gym­na­sium on June 28, 2018.

Newly-minted grad­u­ates pose for pho­tos with friends, fam­ily and teachers.

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