GC’s Class of ’01 graduates Friday<br>

GC VILLAGE — Grand Canyon High School will bid farewell to the Class of 2001 Friday with commencement exercises.

The high school will graduate 16 students. There are four Esperanza Academy graduates and one foreign-exchange student graduate this year.

Amy Northup (co-salutatorian), from left, Brian Hays (valedictorian) and Erin Wahler (co-salutatorian) will speak at Friday evening’s graduation.

The program is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. on the El Tovar Hotel’s patio facing the South Rim.

After processional music by the Grand Canyon band, the pledge of allegiance led by Jenna Diaz-Gonzalez and a moment of silence by Daniel Vincent, there will be a welcome speech by Dale Fitzner, superintendent of schools. Charles Wahler, president of the Grand Canyon School Board will also address the audience with a thank-you and dedication.

Erin Northup and Erin Wahler then follow with the salutatory address. Classmate Brian Hays will then give the valedictory address.

Incoming principal Richard Dodson will be this year’s commencement speaker. After his address, Becky Crumbo will present the scholarship recognition portion of the program.

Crumbo will recognize the foreign-exchange student program. The Board of Education will recognize Grand Canyon Scholar Award recipients.

Principal Ray Vernon will present the graduates and school board members will award diplomas.

The band, under the direction of Paloma Patnode, ends the program with the recessional.

For a complete rundown of all graduating seniors, including photos and biographies, see this week’s special graduation pages, 6B-11B. A list of all academic award winners are included.

Also, see that section for a list of the 40 students receiving their eighth-grade promotion diplomas. This year’s valedictorian is Jenna Diaz-Gonzalez and the salutatorian is Daniel Vincent.

Graduation program

When: Friday, 6 p.m.

Where: El Tovar Portico on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon

Schedule of Events

Processional: Grand Canyon Band, Paloma Patnode, director

Pledge of Allegiance: Jenna Diaz-Gonzalez

Moment of Silence: Daniel Vincent

Welcome: Dale Fitzner, superintendent of schools

Thank you: Charles Wahler, president, Grand Canyon Board of Education

Dedication to John Vest: Charles Wahler

Salutatory Address: Erin Northup

Salutatory Address: Erin Wahler

Valedictory Address: Brian Hays

Introduction of Commencement Speaker: Dale Fitzner

Commencement Address: Richard Dodson

Scholarship Recognition: Becky F. Crumbo

Foreign Exchange Student Recognition: Becky F. Crumbo

Grand Canyon Scholar Awards: Grand Canyon Board of Education

Presentation of Graduates: Ray Vernon, principal

Presentation of Diplomas: Board of Education

Recessional: Grand Canyon Band

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