This Saturday, the first class of the millennium -- 170 students, 28 more than last year -- 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 Carolyn Fischer and Olga Zlotnik -- both of whom beat out "some very heavy competition" in the annual oration-writing contest, PHS guidance counselor Don Heizer said.
Fischer and Zlotnik are also ranked in the top five percent of their class, along with (in alphabetical order) Cade Bradley, Amy Barber, Allison Bielke, Brandalyn Curtis, Ryan Davis, Aspen Gorry, Krystina Harper, Jamie Teace, Sara Schmidt and Bryan Zumbro.
The school doesn't release individual student rankings, nor does it choose a valedictorian or salutatorian.
Saturday's ceremony will open with the Payson High School Band performing the traditional "Pomp and Circumstance." Later in the proceedings, the Longhorn band will fill the air with "Festivo" by Vaclav Nelhybel, and the modern choir will sing "Remember Me This Way."
Heizer will present special student awards before school board members Ann Staveness and Don Engler hand out the diplomas.