Flinthills High School 2014 graduation

Flinthills High School seniors celebrated the completion of their high school careers Sunday afternoon during their graduation ceremony.

“I want to thank the parents and guardians who have shown patience, understanding and support of the students,” said Principal Bret Howard.

Following the Pledge of Allegiance, led by Class President Courtney Jackson, Counselor Julie Lockwood announced the scholarships and students’ future plans.

“They may be a small class, but they are always full of surprises and they are ready to enter the workforce,” Lockwood said.

The FHS choir then performed “You Raise Me Up,” before the introduction of the speakers.

The first to speak was Salutatorian Johnna Nystrom.

She began by saying how much her mother has taught her.

“She is my greatest rock,” she said. “I want to thank all of the parents, especially the mothers, on this Mother’s Day, for being there for us.”

She said looking back it has been four years of tons of homework, early mornings, late nights, smiles and tears, but they all made it.

She reviewed their ABCs, going through the alphabet and recalling memories of their class and the teachers. Some of those memories included being runners up at sub-state in volleyball and hoping to take state in baseball this year.

“Our class has the chance to change the universe,” Nystrom said.

“Our life here at Flinthills High School has come to an end. We came in with a bang and we will leave with one too.”

The next speaker was Valedictorian Courtney Jackson.

Jackson was a Governor’s Scholar and through that she got to recognize a teacher for excellence in the classroom. She had nominated Sally Scribner for this award.

“Scribner has really impacted my life and this is just one way to say thank you,” Jackson said.

She also thanked all of the families for their support.

“Today is one of the most important days for our class,” she said. “Almost all of us have been together since kindergarten.”

She recalled their elementary years and the fact their class was always in trouble.

“Each one of our teachers have had an impact on our lives in ways they cannot know,” she continued. “Flinthills has made an even bigger impact on us.”

She went on to encourage her classmates for the future.

“You will make mistakes, but mistakes make you memories,” Jackson said.

She quoted Dr. Seuss, saying, “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”

She also read from her favorite book, the Bible, reading Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

“I would like to congratulate my class on a job – done,” she ended with.

Howard then presented the class before the diplomas were awarded.

“We are very proud of you and wish you luck,” he told the students.

Graduating students included Shannon Baker, Jacob Canady, Elli Humig, Jackson, Brittanae Metzger, Montgomery Moore, Brenton Nelson, Nystrom, Clay Oates, Robert Schmidt, Cullen Streter, Tyler Timms, Johnathan Trumpower and Gabrielle Yergey.