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266 students receive their diplomas at GFH commencement

Posted at 2:54 PM, Jun 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-03 18:36:41-04

GREAT FALLS – “The power of intention, of doing, working, playing, existing with the acknowledgement that you wield total and omnipotent power over the story of your life or, more accurately, your attitude toward it,” – Zach Schermele, Student Body President At Large,

It was the Bison’s turn for pomp and circumstance Sunday as Great Falls High School celebrated graduation.

266 students officially wrapped up their high school careers with several recognized for their academic achievements.

Along with student speeches, special awards were handed out.

Student Body Treasurer Hadlee Bleskin received the 2019 Principal’s Award and teacher Darcie Aakre was recognized as the 2019 Dufresne recipient. One teacher is honored every year for outstanding teaching, extracurricular involvement and contributions to the Great Falls community.

The total amount of scholarship money awarded on Honors Night for the graduating seniors, which does not include MUS, sports, music, or private scholarships, was over $400,000.

The Great Falls Public School Board of Trustees presented students with their diplomas, and the GFHS Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Ruth Johnson, provided music for the processional and recessional.

Following Sunday’s ceremony, the total number of GFH graduates since its founding in 1893 grew to 37,643.