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Canyon View Junior High graduation

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Mallorie Mason, ninth grade class president welcomes everyone to the ceremony.

The Class of 2005 from Canyon View Junior High was honored at a closing program on May 20 at the school. Seventy-nine members of the freshman class were sent off to join the ranks at Emery High next year.

Principal Larry Davis and teacher Reed Fehlberg handed out the graduation certificates as the students were introduced to the audience. Ninth grade Class President Mallorie Mason welcomed school board members, faculty, parents, and visitors to the ceremony.

Mason said, "Canyon View has prepared us well for what's coming next in our lives. We appreciate the family and friends who have helped us this far. We are all looking forward to new friendships in high school."

Scotty Phillips and Stacy Villa led the crowd in a stirring rendition of the National Anthem, followed by a few words from Principal Davis. "I want to recognize the faculty here at Canyon View. They are the finest people on the planet. We also thank the city council members who are here tonight.

"These students are a diverse and talented class. We have had 59 students of the week, and many have earned special awards," said Davis.

The outstanding students in each area were then awarded plaques. They were: Nick Oviatt, male athlete; Meagan Pearson, female athlete; Kyle Holmes, Top Cat, science and math; Scotty Phillips, chorus, yearbook; Blake Tucker, computer technology; Steve Maxfield, computer technology; Jalee Jensen, family and consumer science; Keven Jensen, family and consumer science; Billie Jean Reed, language arts; Tamra Luke, math; Austin Young, keyboarding; Wyatt Jensen, social science; Carson Fillmore, band; Cally Collard, band; Whitney White, art; and Booker Erickson, tech.

"Next, I want to recognize a truly remarkable human being. She is totally committed to Canyon View Junior High. She will be leaving the district, but not the field in which she excels," said Davis. Nancy Karpowitz was given a plaque, a 2005 yearbook, and a bouquet of flowers.

"I've been here for seven years. I may be leaving, but a piece of my heart stays behind. This night is all about the kids," Karpowitz said.

The ninth grade band, led by Fehlberg, then entertained with a song titled Pirates of the Caribbean. Principal Davis then awarded the trophies and a cash award (donated by an anonymous donor) to the students who have maintained a 4.0 grade point average for the entire three years at Canyon View. They also earned almost straight "H" in citizenship, and were very active in extracurricular activities.

Those students were: McKay Allred, Holly Hatch, Kyle Holmes, Madison Jensen, Wyatt Jensen, Tamra Luke, Meagan Pearson and Billie Jean Reed. These students addressed the class with a few words of advice and memories.

McKay Allred spoke of the importance of getting good grades in all schooling. This will help in the future with college and scholarships.

Holly Hatch gave some advice for the future. Her first rule to live by was a quote from Bill Gates, "Life is not fair, get used to it." "Our future is up to us and we should seek every opportunity," said Hatch.

Kyle Holmes spoke of the changes that occur in everyday life. He advised the students to keep up with those changes, continue to learn, and utilize those changes in education. He quoted Mark Twain by saying, "I never let school interfere with my education."

Madison Jensen said that Canyon View has high standards, and it has built a good, solid foundation for their continuing education. She advised the graduates to know their path and stay true to that path.

Wyatt Jensen recalled the good times at Canyon View. He noted the many field trips and service projects in which he had participated. "These experiences have made us better people. I also enjoyed a short football career here. I broke my leg in practice before the season started," said Jensen. "I have great memories of junior high, and have made great friends. I will miss the teachers here."

Tamra Luke acknowledged that the class of 2005 has progressed a long way during the past three years. "I like to think that we have matured also," she said. She recounted the seventh grade year and being a "twinkie." Eighth grade is when everyone became more confident, and now, leaving as ninth graders, they are totally different people.

Meagan Pearson related a story of being a little girl and wanting to fly. An older woman told her that "If you want to fly, you must first spread your wings." She ended with the advice, "Know what you're doing, love what you're doing, and believe in what you are doing."

Billie Jean Reed said that their time at Canyon View has been a time of growing and learning. She stated that they have all learned something about what they want to do with their lives. "Shoot for the moon," she said. "Even if you miss, you'll land in the stars."

Principal Davis closed the ceremony with thanks to everyone for the support through the year. Refreshments were served in the commons area and the students in good academic and citizenship standing were treated to a dance.

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