159 Delta High grads have wide-ranging interests

Delta High School Class of 2010 valedictorian Erin Lee addresses the class along with friends and family Saturday morning at Delta High School.

DELTA — A future video game designer, future accountants, border patrol agents, nurses, musicians, an animal rescuer, a slew of military prospects and mechanical engineers all hopeful and adorned in green, white and gold made up the 159 Delta High School graduates whisked away Saturday morning by friends, family and teachers with a fond adieu.

The Class of 2010 received diplomas in front of a capacity crowd of their biggest fans under a blue sky that seemed to symbolize their potential as they enter the next chapter of their lives.

“It seems that with a blink of an eye, we were seniors,” class valedictorian Erin Lee said during her address that recounted the grade school careers that collectively highlighted their ups and downs, with all striving to earn their “D’s,” the Panther badge of honor.

“This is a very positive class,” said graduation speaker and Delta High School teacher and coach Luis Meza. “They take Panther pride serious.”

Of the 159 graduates, 57 plan to attend a four-year institution. Another 40 plan a technical college career, and 20 plan to serve in the military. One graduate, Michael Rosenthal, was described as wanting to attend Mesa State college to earn his “BS” degree, although many proclaimed, tongue-in-cheek, he had already earned one. Another graduate, supported with cheers from classmates, announced his plans to become a massage therapist. Another said he was striving to become a fashion model.

“We have been given all the tools to make our dreams come true,” Lee said after thanking parents and teachers, adding, “we would not be here without them.”

This year’s class motto was a passage from Dr. Seuss: “Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.”


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