58 MHS seniors awarded diplomas

Taylor Neilson presented the valedictorian’s address for having the highest grade point average in the senior class.

Several hundred friends, family members and neighbors attended Saturday’s commencement exercises for the Meeker High School Class of 2014.
Several hundred friends, family members and neighbors attended Saturday’s commencement exercises for the Meeker High School Class of 2014.
MEEKER I The sun gods shined brightly on the Meeker High School Class of 2014 on Saturday, which started off with a good rain and overcast skies at about 9:15 a.m., but no raindrops or even clouds were in evidence when commencement exercises began at 10 a.m.
There were 58 seniors who received their high school diplomas during the exercises, which began with the class procession to “Pomp and Circumstance” performed by the MHS band.

Meeker High School Principal Kim Ibach gave a warm welcome Saturday morning to the hundreds of friends, family, faculty and graduating seniors in attendance as part of the commencement exercises at Meeker High School’s Starbuck Stadium.
Meeker High School Principal Kim Ibach gave a warm welcome Saturday morning to the hundreds of friends, family, faculty and graduating seniors in attendance as part of the commencement exercises at Meeker High School’s Starbuck Stadium.
The welcome was given by MHS Principal Kim Ibach, and she was followed by Piper Haney, who gave the salutatorian address, Ohana Mataia, who presented the commencement address introduction, and the commencement address given by MHS instructor and coach Klark Kindler.
Meeker High School coach and instructor Klark Kindler gave the commencement address much to the delight of many of the seniors, their families and their friends.
Meeker High School coach and instructor Klark Kindler gave the commencement address much to the delight of many of the seniors, their families and their friends.
Several scholarships were awarded during the ceremony, including: the $1,000 Coach Bob Tucker Memorial Scholarship wen to Shelby Burke; the Fred and Annie Burke Memorial Scholarship went to Shelby Burke; the Pat Johnson Memorial Scholarship went to Bailey Mantle; the Richard G. Lyttle Memorial Scholarship went to Shelby Burke; the VFW Post 5843 and the Ladies Auxiliary scholarships went to Ty Shepherd and Alexis Gutierrez, respectfully; the Johnny Wix Aspiring Artist Scholarship went to Emily Cardile; the W.C. Striegel scholarships went to Alexis Gutierrez and Elizabeth Fellows for the Book Scholarship, Talia Rosas for the CNCC Book Scholarship, Aaron Cochran for the Engineering Scholarship and Dannon Bolton won the Outstanding Work Ethic Outside of the Classroom Scholarship; the Ron Leeper Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Aaron Cochran; The Natural Soda/Bill Gun Scholarship went to Caleb Lange; and the Meeker Lions Club scholarships were presented to Aly Ridings, Alexis Gutierrez, Taylor Ahrens, Kay Lynn Dunham, Talia Rosas and Dannon Bolton.
Members of the graduating class made their way across the track at Starbuck Stadium on the way to their seats prior to the commencement exercises.
Members of the graduating class made their way across the track at Starbuck Stadium on the way to their seats prior to the commencement exercises.
According to Meeker High School Principal Kim Ibach, the graduates have earned $153,400 in local scholarships and $443,200 in grants and college scholarships. She also reported that the graduates have amassed more than 1,400 college credits toward higher education degrees.
Senior Taylor Morris receives her diploma from Meeker School Board President Bill deVergie after she was congratulated by MHS Principal Kim Ibach and Meeker School Superintendent Mark Mayer.
Senior Taylor Morris receives her diploma from Meeker School Board President Bill deVergie after she was congratulated by MHS Principal Kim Ibach and Meeker School Superintendent Mark Mayer.
The Class of 2014 colors were purple and silver; class flower was the Forget Me Not; class song was “I Go Back” by Kenny Chesney; and the class motto was “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what your know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where you go…”
Class officers were: President Ohana Mataia; Vice President Elizabeth Fellows; Secretary Taylor Morris and Treasurer Justin Giao.
Class sponsors were Dr. Bob Dorsett, Marla Lee and Trina Smith.
Taylor Neilson presented the valedictorian’s address for having the highest grade point average in the senior class.
Taylor Neilson presented the valedictorian’s address for having the highest grade point average in the senior class.

Piper Haney, who sported the No. 2 highest grade point average of the 2014 senior class, offered advice to classmates in her salutatorian address.
Piper Haney, who sported the No. 2 highest grade point average of the 2014 senior class, offered advice to classmates in her salutatorian address.
Members of the senior class took the time to decorate the top of their mortarboards for Saturday’s commencement.
Members of the senior class took the time to decorate the top of their mortarboards for Saturday’s commencement.