The graduating class of 2019 at Bear River High School said their goodbyes, wished each other well and celebrated their success as newly graduated students.

On Thursday, May 30, seniors from BRHS gathered at Utah State University’s Spectrum in Logan, as friends and family members watched them walk the stage and proudly receive their diplomas.

Representing the class of 2019, Valedictorian Braxton Buttars spoke to his peers about overcoming adversity and recognizing the “boulders” in our lives, relaying the story of Aron Ralston, a Utah hiker that was forced to cut off his arm to escape death after being pinned by a boulder in 2003.

“Every single one of you has a boulder holding you back,” Buttars said.

“Regardless of where you are in life there will also be a time where you will face boulders. This is just a part of life,” he said. “No matter how hard things may seem, no matter how big the boulders might get know that you can get through it and life will go on.”

This year two salutatorians, Nicole Harris and Kathryn Cragun, also had their moment on stage to address the audience. Cragun touched upon philosophical ideas, asking to find purpose.

“Life is not about discovering one specific purpose. Life is about living on purpose. It’s about being kind on purpose, working hard on purpose, getting up in the morning on purpose, being honest on purpose, working hard on purpose, being brave on purpose, dreaming on purpose and being on purpose,” Cragun said.

Harris talked about how lives change and how everyone has the potential to be great.

“Each and every one of us has incredible potential and the ability to shape ourselves,” Harris said.

“No matter what you do, do your best,” she added.

Bear River High’s now former Principal, Kristi Capener, also wished students and community members a fond farewell as she takes on a new role as Principal at Fielding Elementary School this fall. Box Elder School District board member Wade Hyde officially presented the graduates.

Senior class officers for the 2018-19 school year also added a few tidbits of what it was like to be a student at BRHS. Taloxie Hansen, President, Kassidy Adams, 1st vice president, Logan Pond, 2nd vice president, Lainee Piersen, secretary and Parker Mickelsen, ambassador represented the class of 2019.

This year there were 23 perfect 4.0 grade point average students, including Buttars, Harris and Cragun. Representing the Box Elder School District’s Board of Education was student member Kaylee Munns.

For a year in review from the Bear River High 2018-19 school year, pick up a copy of this year’s graduation issue at the Leader office.