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MHS senior activities

Jun 06, 2024 01:12PM ● By Ethan Hoffmann

Let the party begin! Operation Graduation returned to MHS.

During the last week of school (commonly known as “Senior Sluff Week”), seniors enjoyed a relaxing range of activities to celebrate their achievements.

On Monday, May 20, students attended a Scholarship Night which recognized their institutional scholarships and awarded a number of local scholarships to qualifying participants. For more information, see (Page of Scholarship Night article) 

On Tuesday, May 21, Seminary Graduation was held at the Morgan Stake Center at 7 p.m. That evening, the audience was addressed by a number of leaders and youth speakers. Following, graduating seniors were given a diploma acknowledging their hard work in the seminary program. To close, the graduates sang the EFY Medley: As Sisters in Zion and We’ll Bring the World His Truth.

On Wednesday, May 22, seniors were expected to participate in a senior service project. This was required to receive the “Senior Gift” at Operation Graduation. For the service project, there were two options available: cleaning the Mickelson Mile or whitewashing the ‘M’. According to a Facebook post, “The tradition of ‘M’ Day began in 1916 when the graduating class of Morgan High School painted rocks on the side of the mountain. From 1920 to 1953, the rocks were replaced with cement, fifteen feet at a time. This monument stands as a testament to the vision of Morgan School District Superintendent H.B. Fry, who sought to create a ‘visible symbol of the integrity, learning, and accomplishments of Morgan High School’ for future generations.” Following the service project, a Chick-fil-A lunch was served at Riverside Park. 

On Thursday, May 23, seniors gathered on the Trojan football field at 7 p.m. for “Senior Sunset”. At the gate, students received their yearbooks and scanned a QR code to enter a prize raffle. Following, seniors had their hands painted by advisors and they each had the opportunity to leave a final handprint throughout the evening, therefore "leaving their mark", on the blacktop. Students left a similar mark during “Senior Sunrise” at the beginning of the year. In addition, students were served a dinner of Little Caesar’s pizza as they made their way to the bleachers to enjoy each other’s company and sign yearbooks for the last time.

On Friday, May 24, the one hundredth-tenth annual Morgan High School Commencement Exercise was held at the Weber State Dee Events Center, Ogden, Utah at 7 p.m. After the processional, the Honor Guard presented the colors and the National Anthem was offered by Tyler Hancock, the Vocal Sterling Scholar. The Senior Class Officers, Henry Plyer, Paige Caldwell, and Lainey Hansen welcomed the participants and introduced the Valedictorian and Salutatorian speakers: Asher Van Johanson and Rebekah Anne Cornelius. The MHS Band performed a musical number directed by Chad McLean and was followed by two speakers: Charlee Breshears, the Senior Class President, and Mack Peterson, the Student Body President. Remarks were given by Principal Luke Thomas and School Board President Gaylene Adams. MHS Administration gave the Presentation of Graduates and seniors received their diplomas. To close, the Morgan High School Senior Ovation Choir led the audience in singing the school song and the evening was drawn to a close with a recessional parade. The theme of the graduation ceremony was as follows: “Change is Inevitable, Growth is Optional.” To keep with tradition, as students and their families returned to Morgan, the “M” was lit to celebrate their major milestone. Congratulations to the Morgan County High School Class of 2024 on graduating!

Later that night, a party was thrown to celebrate the graduates. After four years of Operation Graduation beheld outside of Morgan, the event moved back to the high school beginning at 10 p.m. and continuing until 3 a.m. Food trucks, cotton candy, and snacks were provided to satiate students’ appetites and provide energy for the many festivities that took place throughout the night. There was a World’s Best Corn Dogs, and El Nene Sammy truck in the parking lot, along with an assortment of nachos, candy, cookies, drinks, fruit, veggies, popcorn and more in the commons area. Some of the snacks were donated from nearby businesses, including 7-Eleven and Sam’s Club. In the Trojan Center, a mechanical bull, mini golf, bounce houses, spike ball, 9 square, and corn hole were available. Bowling and concessions were free at Parkside Lanes, Laser Tag was located in the Middle School gym, a rock climbing wall was erected near the parking lot, and a ping pong table, spinning selfie video station, and card and board games were set up in the commons area. In addition, pickleball, volleyball, kickball, and soccer were within easy reach at the tennis courts, MHS gym, baseball diamonds, and the football field accordingly. At the end of the party, minute-to-win-it games and a hypnotist show were held in the auditorium. λ

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