Grand Canyon High School will bid farewell to the Class of 2003 Friday with commencement exercises on the South Rim.
The high school will graduate 17 students this year. Bright Angel School, formerly known as Esperanza Academy, will award nine diplomas, an all-time high for the accommodation school.
Grand Canyon principal Richard Dodson talks about Matt Hender during the high school’s academic awards program a few weeks ago. Hender was named valedictorian for the Class of 2003.
The program is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m., on the El Tovar Hotel portico facing the South Rim.
The program will include music by the Grand Canyon School band and various school officials will address the crowd. After “Pomp and Circumstance,” eighth-grade valedictorian Molly Kimmerle will lead the pledge of allegiance and eighth-grade salutatorian Fabienne Gueissaz will lead the moment of silence.
School superintendent Ray Vernon follows with his welcome address, followed by Kara Foo with her salutatory speech. Classmate Matt Hender will then give the valedictory address.
Grand Canyon teacher Marcus Jacobson will be this year’s commencement speaker. After his speech, Becky Crumbo will present the scholarship recognition portion of the program.
School board members will distribute the diplomas, along with the Coconino County superintendent of schools. A new addition to the program this year will be the “Senior Song” performance by Michelle Harvey.
For a complete rundown of all graduating seniors from GCHS and Bright Angel School, including photos and biographies, see this week’s special graduation pages, 5B-11B. A list of all academic award winners are included.
Also, see that section for a list of the 24 students receiving their eighth-grade promotion diplomas from Grand Canyon Middle School.