The 76 graduates of Beulah High School took to the stage on the Bobcats soccer field and graduated from high school on Thursday night.
After beginning the promise and a moment of silence, Gracie Wilson’s 2021 salutator class spoke to the senior class and their families.
Wilson’s main message to those in attendance was how the class overcame adversity this school year, which included multiple shutdowns due to COVID-19, two teacher deaths, and one student death.
“This year has been a difficult year, from canceled seasons to a different learning platform and various losses in our community,” said Wilson. “Regardless of all mishaps, we prevailed. With all the challenges we have faced, we are sitting in this field today and celebrating our success. We have learned to roll with the blows and take life head-on. “
Wilson also thanked the families and teachers who helped guide the senior class through the difficult school year.
In addition to thanking the teachers and family members, Wilson shared her experiences in high school and reminded her classmates to always remember the times they were together over the past four years.
“To be honest, it was my best decision to join the band [during high school]”Said Wilson.” Screaming at soccer games and dancing at pep rallies will always be a memory of Beulah. I encourage you to keep those memories, including the crazy, stupid ones we all have. Start now we’re a new chapter. If there is one thing I want to tell you is to live. Enjoy your summer, college and every aspect of your life. Remember not to take everything seriously. This is a time to Take risks, make mistakes and learn from those mistakes. Live life to the fullest and don’t let yourself be pressured to meet the expectations of others except your own. “
Beulah’s Valedictorian Emily Moore gave the closing speech before the diplomas were presented.
Moore first thanked all of the families and teachers who helped the students achieve the goal of graduation. She specifically mentioned Jason Hallberg, the band’s director, and Jennifer VanHorn, who works in the school’s office.
“Thank you all for standing by us, for urging us to do our best and, most importantly, to believe in us,” said Moore.
Moore also addressed the journey each student experienced during their time at Beulah High School, including the tough 2020-21 school year.
“Great from 2021, it was a wild ride. Between the end of school, quarantine, masks, event cancellations and much more, this year was an uphill battle, “said Moore. “We have received. We have spent 13 years preparing for this moment. Papers, tests, games and gadgets worth 13 years. These 13 years have made us what we are today. Look around, those familiar faces around you, the struggles, the obstacles, the days when we wanted to give up, that’s what made us who we are today. In the rigors of the past four years we have worked hard, played harder and, above all, stuck to our dreams and goals. We are an indestructible bunch. We roll with the blows. We dare to set our goals high and make dreams bright. Because of this, I have no doubt that our class will take the world by storm. “