A new journey begins
By Robin Scott
The senior class of Dalhart High School and the XIT Secondary School graduated on Friday evening, May 29th at the football stadium. This year’s graduating class had 98 members who proudly entered the stadium before parents, grandparents, friends and neighbors. The graduation ceremony marks the beginning of a new journey for the students, as they enter young adulthood.
The evening event began with the senior class song, “These are the Days” followed by the Invocation given by Rev. Scott Raef from St. Anthony’s Catholic Church. Miss Chyna Wing and Mr. Wesley Mead lead students, guests, alumni and staff in the Pledge of Allegiance. As in many events during the past, Jasmine Bohlender beautifully sang the National Anthem.
Speakers at Friday’s graduation included Senior Class President Hallie Martinez, Senior Class Vice President Jonathan Quint and National Honor Society Vice President Andrew Jones. Both Salutatorian Corlee Priestly and Valedictorian Jasmine Bohlender gave an address to their fellow classmen and guests.
The student speakers covered a wide variety of themes including the many memories they have all shared in the past year and beyond and the many challenges they anticipate lie ahead. The wide range of upcoming events for the students include enjoying summer vacation, attending college orientations, spending time with family and friends, going off to college in the fall and going to work. Many of the students head into their futures with an impressive list of accomplishments achieved during high school. Their accolades include a long list of scholarship awards.
The long-awaited graduation ended with each student receiving their high school diploma and each tossing their cap into the air, signifying the end of an era. The highly cohesive group of seniors end their youth and enter into the next era of their lives, young adulthood.
Following graduation most of the students attended Project Graduation at the coliseum. The all-night event held each year after graduation is designed to keep graduating students safe and away from tempting endeavors that might lead to tragedy. Mrs. Tammy Schneiderjan commented that the event was very successful and raised a lot of money. All but a dozen or so students were able to attend and enjoy an after graduation party chaperoned by parents. The night, filled with reminiscent chatter and plans of the future, was the last time all of the students shared together as a group. The evening was also filled with a few tears of sadness and of excitement as it drew to an end.
In recent articles, both High School Principal David Steele, and DISD Superintendent praised this year’s graduating class and commended them on their numerous successes. The students excelled in every area from academics, to sports and music to 4-H. The students have made their parents and families proud and also their teachers, principal and school board. They fondly remember their time spent at the old high school, now the junior high school, and are the first seniors to graduate from the new high school. Some of their achievements this year have set the bar extremely high for all of the senior classes that will follow, including Miss. Bohlender’s recent first place finish in accounting at the State Championship competition.
As the students finish high school and move onto new adventures, the city of Dalhart can be proud of the new group of young adults that are a part of the community. Community leaders, members and residents of Dalhart gladly welcome the new group with open arms and embrace them as productive members of the community. Everyone is excited to learn what they will accomplishment next and the ways in which they will benefit their town.
Photos by N.L. Olson