142 To Get Diplomas From Phs Saturday

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This Saturday, the last class of the century -- 142 students -- will graduate from Payson High School.

The graduation ceremony, which will start at 1 p.m. on the high school football field, will feature speeches by seniors Jacob Goble and Cameron Omoto.

Both are ranked in the top 5 percent of their class, along with Elizabeth Gille, Shawna McCarty, Michael Sprinkle, Joy Stidham, Shanda Vaught and Desteni Weast.

The school doesn't release individual student rankings, nor does it choose a valedictorian or salutatorian.

According to a pre-graduation survey conducted by the Roundup this month, 80 percent of this year's graduates will pursue additional education in the fall.

The poll also revealed that 81 percent of the 92 seniors who participated in the survey ranked their education at PHS as better than average.

During Saturday's ceremony, the high school band will fill the air with "Pomp and Circumstance" and "Amazing Grace" and the school chorus will perform "Look Ahead."

Guidance counselor Don Heizer will present special student awards before Payson School Board President Kristi Ford and board member Albert Hunt hand out the diplomas.

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