The Bronco pride was palpable as over 240 seniors were awarded their diplomas from Blackfoot High School in front of packed house at the Blackfoot Performing Arts Center Friday evening.
The commencement ceremony honored the school's longtime traditions, but was spiced with the humor, reverence and personality that only the "Class of 2014" could provide.
Graduates Gentry Carter and Blake Dewveall had some fun joking with the audience and "taking a selfie" before offering their opening remarks.
Salutatorian Lacey Turpin's speech took on a more serious note when she said, "Life is not defined by your high school experience. Life is what we choose to make it. We have the power to succeed."
Turpin went on, "Success is found when you look in the mirror and you are proud of the person that you see."
Valedictorian Tanner Norton said that "every person has impacted him in one way or another."
He encouraged his classmates "not to lose sight of their dreams even when life is hard and things get tough."
"Choose to do something that has value and worth as you jump into the real world," Norton exclaimed. "But never forget who helped you get there. We are Broncos for life!"
Blackfoot High School principal John Pearce, Blackfoot School District superintendent Chad Struhs and district chairman Dale Christiansen were on stage to accept the graduates and award them their diplomas.
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