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Hartley School graduates 17 in class of 2022

By SHAWN YORKS
Dalhart Texan

The Hartley High School class of 2022 held its commencement ceremony, with recognitions of several scholarship winners, on May 27. Salutatorian Sayler Sullivan and Valedictorian Trinitie Watson each gave their senior addresses, highlighting what the class has overcome while highlighting a bright future ahead.

Valedictorian Trinitie Watson said the last four years went by fast, especially after sophomore year - the Covid year.

“These past years have not been easy, with everything going on in our personal lives, and the matters of the world,” Watson said. “But has that stopped us? No. While it may have hindered us, it has never, ever made us quit, that is because we are resilient and resourceful.”

She added that that residence will stick with each member of the class throughout the future.

“Years from now, you’ll be scrolling through social media and see one of us and go ‘Oh my gosh, look at them now,’” Watson said. “Every one of us has the power to go far in life and do great things.”

Salutatorian Sayler Sullivan said each member of the class entered high school four years ago nervous but ambitious with their own hopes.

“Let me tell you, this journey has fulfilled some, let down some, surpassed some and, frankly, showed some of us some valuable lessons that we never imagined four years ago,” Sullivan said. “And let me tell you that that is the most important one here.

“Throughout our years in high school, we have had some definite curve balls come our way. This may have been unexpected, but they have taught us the most valuable lessons we will carry with us through life.”

She said the Class of 2022 has stayed true to itself, “We didn’t change for anyone, and I hope you will carry that with you as you move on with life.”

Quoting author Nora Roberts, Sullivan added that “As new things come in life and new opportunities arise, don’t be afraid to ask the questions, don’t be scared to take a step in a new direction and don’t be afraid to go after something new,” she said. “Your path is made for your character, not your parents, not your teachers, not your siblings. You may want to case the dream, people may think you’re crazy, but if that’s where your path leads, then I suggest you follow it.”

Scholarship Recipients Texas Tech Alumni XIT Chapter Scholarship ($1,000): Zane Thompson Jim Hudson Scholarship: Zane Thompson

Rita Blanca Electric Scholarship ($3,000): Luke Smulders

Purple and White Scholarship ($12,000): Luke Smulders

Capital Farm Credit Scholarship ($500): Luke Smulders

Degen Foundation Agricultural Scholarship ($2,000): Luke Smulders

Texas Tech Scholarship ($2,000): Alondra Soto

Lubbock Christian University Academic Scholarship ($24,000): Sayler Renee Sullivan

Texas Tech Presidential Merit Scholarship ($2,000): Zane Thompson

Hartley Soil and Water Conservation District Scholarship ($500): Zane Thompson

Hartley FFA Scholarship ($1,500): Zane Thompson

Hartley Scholarship ($3,500): Zane Thompson

University of Utah Non-Residential Academic Scholarship ($40,000): Trinitie Watson

University of Oklahoma Non-Residential Academic Scholarship ($40,000): Trinitie Watson

Incarnate Word University Academic Scholarship ($35,000): Trinitie Watson

Hartley Fundraising Scholarships ($3,055): Ammy Bautista, Angela Campos Cuellar, Ashley Cervantes, Joanne Garcia, Abel Quevedo, Jiovanni Quevedo, Jesus Robles, Josue Saldivar Gonzalez, Mallory Estella Sandoval, Luke Smulders, Alondra Soto, Sayler Renee Sullivan, Zane Thompson, Mauricio Vasquez Jr., Arthuro Villanueva Delgado, Trinitie Watson.

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