Family, educators, and friends came together Thursday evening to celebrate the Delta High School Class of 2022.
“The past few years have certainly had a lot of uncertainty, but one thing that has been certain is the determination and high character of this group of seniors,” Delta High School Principal Douglas J. Ford said in the welcome speech. “I could not be more proud of you, and the support you’ve provided each other along the way.”
Following the processional into the gymnasium, the graduating seniors in a class of 96 students, took their seats in front of the stage.
“These graduates will earn the elite status as Delta High School alumni,” said Ford. “Young men and women ready to challenge the world and to embrace the rest of their lives.”
Carson Chiesa, senior class president, was the first student speaker of the night.
“Today’s an exciting day for everyone in these chairs and all the friends and family that are here to experience this milestone,” said Chiesa. “Right now I just want to congratulate everybody that has made it this far. Many individuals in this class have gone through great struggles, yet still managed to push through these challenges in order to achieve this goal.”
He went on to say, “Everybody here has the opportunity to achieve greatness in whatever path they take.” Chiesa added that almost everyone who has been successful has started from the position they are in now.
Superintendent Ted Haselman then congratulated the graduating class.
“While this evening is about celebrating the accomplishments you’ve completed thus far, you’re also looking toward your future. And what a bright future the Class of 2022 has,” said Haselman.
“As you leave here tonight as graduates of Pike-Delta-York and Delta High School, please be proud of who you are, proud of who you’ll become and know that you’ll always have a home here in Delta.”
Jessica Galliers and Ally Sprow were recognized as best in class, having carried a 4.0 grade point average for their high school careers.
Sprow told her fellow graduates to embrace the freedom they are given after high school.
“We move on to a place where we are free to be our truest selves. Whether that looks like a trade school, college, or the workforce for you, it’s somewhere completely new. There is no more mold to fit into, shaping how we should dress, what kind of music we should listen to, or what color our hair should be.”
Sprow said this is the summer to try new things, learn from experiences and grow from them. “Now is the time to take risks and to live in the moment.”
“We get to be whoever we want to be from this day forward,” she said. “I don’t know about you, but I’m going to take that chance.”
Galliers recalled some of what the graduates had learned over their years at Delta High School, saying it would no doubt be valuable as they move forward.
“But I think that the most important thing that we have learned over the last four years is how much we need each other to succeed,” she said.
Principal Ford then presented the Class of 2022 and diplomas were handed out to students.
The night also included a performance of “Count on Me” by the senior choir members and “The Fable” by the high school band.
Finally, the seniors turned the tassels on their caps, signifying the completion of their high school education.