Thursday, June 5, 2003

Graduation

EV 2003 has pride, respect in all they do

Danny Hyatt
East Valley High School

“A toilet is a strange thing to idolize,” commented Joe Baird, an esteemed member of East Valley High School's class of 2003. He was referring to the Golden Throne, a local competition between East Valley and West Valley over a gold-colored toilet. Both schools demonstrated their school spirit with a fantastic fervor, and this year East Valley retained our title as victors. The last time the Golden Throne contest occurred was during our class's eighth-grade year, so this victory will set a tradition of triumph for future senior classes, as well as provide a grand sense of respect and pride in our school.

Pride and respect are characteristics that form the core of this graduating class, not just for ourselves, but for all those who strive for betterment.

Since freshman year, we have learned to become the leaders and guardians of our school. We have learned to passionately pursue our goals. The class of 2003 has done an astounding job of recognizing their achievements, and supporting one another to attain them.

Since our admittance into the Greater Spokane League in 1999, the East Valley wrestling team has preformed amazingly. This year they earned the GSL title for district and regional competition, and the admiration of their peers. Students who had never even seen a wrestling match in their entire life came to see the East Valley varsity wrestling team. Wrestling is hardly East Valley's only talent. We sent a staggering number of musicians to Washington's all-state music competition, and our female choral group, “Treble Select,” earned a second place ranking out of all the large women's choral groups in the state. Also, our school's symphonic orchestra received the highest rank at the regional large group contest.

East Valley's art program should also be recognized for their fantastic performance this year. In a competition encompassing 59 school districts, East Valley seniors Stephanie Jarvis, Daren Roybal and James Schjodt were awarded first place standings, which qualified them to compete at the state level. All of our accomplishments (which are too numerous to give proper mention) bring with them a greater sense of community to our school, and has been absolutely necessary in this most important time of transition.

Now is a time for uncertainty, as the class of 2003 prepares to depart forever from the Eden of childhood and toward the chaotic and sometimes cruel world of adulthood. Most students find it difficult to comprehend such a radical departure from their routine and familiar lives. This uneasiness was even visible during East Valley's academic night; a night devoted to some of the most organized and meticulous people of the school. It was hidden behind nervous chuckles and witty remarks, but the lack of firmness in these youths' voices as they described their future plans was evident.

Fortunately, every member of the 2003 class will leave East Valley with a wealth of experiences, which will aid and guide them in their future endeavors.

The pride and respect we express toward the East Valley community will become the model for how we will treat our larger world community. If the accomplishments that East Valley has achieved are a sign of things to come, then I believe the class of 2003 and all following seniors have a lot to look forward to.

•After graduating from East Valley High School, Danny Hyatt plans to attend Duke University and study computer science and electrical engineering.

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