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Seniors celebrated in graduation ceremony at Ricketts Park

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FARMINGTON — Piedra Vista High School celebrated 219 graduates tonight at Ricketts Park in Farmington.

Graduates, teachers, family and friends were welcomed to the graduation ceremony by 2018 salutatorian Kaitlinn Joslin, and student body president Grant Bessey introduced the ceremony’s guests and speakers, according to information provided to The Daily Times in advance of the ceremony.

Valedictorian Madison Bruner delivered the commencement address, and senior class president Julia Beer led the graduates in the ring and tassel ceremony.

Farmington Municipal School District Superintendent Eugene Schmidt recognized 14 students who were selected as honor graduates by 15 teachers “as being a major influence on their academic lives,” according to a graduation program provided in advance.

Nearly two dozen students in the class of 2018 were also recognized as distinguished graduates.

PV Principal Dave Golden presented the graduating class before members received their diplomas from members of the Farmington Municipal School District school board.

High school seniors throughout the Four Corners are graduating this week. Farmington’s Rocinante High School, Aztec’s Vista Nueva High School and Shiprock’s Career Preparatory High School will host graduation ceremonies Wednesday.

The Farmington Municipal School District’s four-year graduation rate was 66.2 percent in 2017, compared to the state rate of 71.1 percent, according to New Mexico Public Education Department data. Piedra Vista’s 2017 graduation rate was 75.1 percent. Data for the class of 2018 will be available in 2019.

Megan Petersen covers business and education for The Daily Times. Reach her at 505-546-4621 or mpetersen@daily-times.com.

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