Nine seniors graced the graduation platform at the Greenville High School football field to bid their school farewell and become graduates of GHS. With a balmy setting of blue sky and billowy, white clouds behind them over picturesque mountains, speakers at the evening ceremony referred to the setting’s beauty continually.
The theme that stood out for the evening festivities—a point stressed by Principal Traci Cockerill, keynote speaker Dan Brown and the students themselves, was the relationship and connection to one another, each wishing the students well going forward, but remembering where they came from.
The principal told the assembled well wishers the plans of each student — four of the young men — Kyle Wilson, Colby Elzea, salutatorian Tristin Clark and Dylan French of attending Feather River College in the fall, while Colton Lawson begins his military service in the army the end of July.
The young women are all headed to four-year programs: Valedictorian Mackenzie Brown heads to University of California, Santa Cruz, in the fall while best friend Emma Sordi heads to Sacramento State University. Mia Harris heads to University of Nevada, Reno, and Rylie Botts heads to Montana State University.
On the program and at the podium, MacKenzie Brown, Tristan Clark and Emma Sordi were recognized as members of the California Scholastic Federation; Kyle Wilson was recognized for being part of the Upward Bound program.
The student speeches by student-body representatives Emma Sordi, Rylie Botts and Mia Harris focused on well wishes for their classmates and thanks to individuals in the community.
Salutatorian Tristan Clark gave a short, witty speech encouraging the graduates and giving thanks, while valedictorian Mackenzie Brown gave personal thanks to her family and close friends and sent the graduates off with Oprah Winfrey quotes.
Next came the presentation of awards and scholarships. Principal Cockerill said the Class of 2019 received $9,250 worth of gifts of academic assistance from local Plumas County-based organizational scholarships.
The Plumas County Sheriff Employees Association gave $2,000 to Tristan Clark; Indian Valley Chamber of Commerce gave $500 to Mackenzie Brown; Indian Valley Pheasants Forever gave $500 to Mia Harris; Greenville United Methodists gave $250 to Kyle Wilson; Indian Valley Roping and Riding gave $400 to Rylie Botts; Plumas County Association of Realtors gave $1,000 to Mia Harris; Almanor Fishing Association gave $500 to Mackenzie Brown; and the Michael Bowman Memorial Scholarship gave $500 to Mia Harris.
The Taylorsville Elementary School Parents Club gave $250 each to former TES students Mia Harris and Rylie Botts; Indian Valley Rotary gave $1,000 each to Mackenzie Brown and Emma Sordi, and $500 to Rylie Botts. Greenville High School Boosters Club gave $500 each to Rylie Botts and Mackenzie Brown.
After the ceremony the graduates skipped down the grassy aisle, mostly in pairs, with smiles on their faces into the near sunset on the warm June night.