AURELIA - Aurelia High School graduated its 120th - and final - class here on Sunday afternoon on what turned out to be a nice, sunny day, and the graduating class members were anything but the "Dirty Dozen."
The Aurelia High School Concert Band, under the direction of Ryan Meyer, played the graduates in to the strains of "Pomp and Circumstance," and then performed a stirring march, "Flight of Valor."
Principal Ann Sandine presented five senior class students who had earned academic honors by posting a grade point average of 3.5 or above for their eight semesters of High School - Courtney Bruce, Meghan Glawe, Regan Henkel, Shaina Thevenin and Audrey Winterhof.
The mixed chorus sang two musical numbers - "Maybe Someday" and "I Will Remember You," and then the senior class choir members sang "Over the Rainbow."
Acting Superintendent Jack Johnson introduced the Commencement speakers, all members of the class. Beckett Smith spoke first, talking about the early school days of the class. He was followed by Regan Henkel, who remembered middle school and high school days. Audrey Winterhof concluded the commencement addresses, speculating on the "small but mighty" class's future, and thanking parents for their support through the years.
Board President Dan Winterhof then presented diplomas to the 12 members of Aurelia High School's final graduating class, handing the final diploma to his daughter Audrey, who will be forever remembered as the last Aurelia High School graduate to walk across the gymnasium stage and receive her diploma.
High school students from Aurelia will begin attending classes in Alta this fall as the two school districts begin a whole-grade sharing agreement. The 50-year-old Aurelia High School building will become a Middle School building for students from both the Alta and Aurelia districts, and the 1921 building at Aurelia will continue to house classes for Aurelia's elementary students, while Alta's elementary students will continue to receive their education in Alta.
For more pictures from Aurelia's final graduation, see the Aurelia Graduation Photo Gallery.