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Class of 2022 looks to future

BY BILL KELLY
The Dalhart Texan

After the 2019-2020 school year was cut off early due to COVID-19, and students and teachers still had to deal with masking and quarantines and uncertainty for much of the 2020-2021 school year, things more or less returned to normal for Dalhart High School for the 2021-2022 school year. The year ended with in the regular way as well, with graduation ceremonies that didn’t have to be altered even slightly.

Baccalaureate was held on Sunday May 22 at the high school auditorium. Dalhart Junior High Assistant Principal Kurtis Abla talked to the graduates, and the worship team from New Life Church performed as well.

The commencement ceremony took place in Memorial Stadium on Thursday May 26. The ceremony began with the seniors walking into the stadium in front of the home bleachers and then down the football field before making it to their seats. Student council president Alexis Davila and student council secretary Madalyn Bailey welcome everyone to the ceremony.

Senior class president Luke Rivas and class treasurer Jacqueline Garcia Villagran gave the invocation. After that, student council vice president Salvador Ortiz and senior class vice president Danielle Lewis led the pledges to the U.S. and Texas flags. That was followed by Kayla Martinez singing the national anthem.

The next item on the agenda was the presentation of scholarships. A total of over $400,000 worth of scholarships were given to different members of the senior class. (Please see the separate article in this edition of the Dalhart Texan for a list of the scholarships that were presented and the students who won those scholarships.)

After the presentation of scholarships, Kennedy Green delivered her Salutatory Address, and then Pierce Pfannstiel gave the Valedictory Address. Following those speeches, the diplomas were presented to the graduates. DHS teacher Laura Portillo- Amaya announced the name of each graduate, and then after being announced each one received a diploma from Principal Scot Wright and then went through a receiving line that consisted of the Superintendent, Dr. Joe Alcorta, Assistant Principal Sandra Richmond, Counselor Christy Dovel, and members of the Dalhart ISD Board of Trustees and a few others. After all the graduates had returned to their chairs, senior cheerleaders Molly Lockhart and Kayla Martinez led the class and crowd in the singing of the Alma Mater, and then the class song, “Walking on a Dream” by Empire of the Sun was played right after the graduates threw their caps in the air.

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