Messages of quality over quantity were shared by San Jon’s four seniors and school officials during Friday’s graduation.
“Be it four or 40, these kids have heart,” said San Jon Superintendent Gary Salazar.
Valedictorian Ashlynn Myers’ address to her classmates and guests urged others not to underestimate any of the seniors due to the size of the class.
Myers said her class may be the smallest class to graduate in 50 years, but their dreams and potential are as bright and big as they come.
“We have come to call ourselves the Fantastic Four,” Myers said.
Salazar said Justin Pullen was the only senior who had attended San Jon since kindergarten.
“Everybody has come to be like family,” Pullen said.
Pullen said he is sad to be leaving his family, though he is ready to start a new journey in his life.
Following the ceremony the seniors shared their thoughts on the day’s events.
“We have had our ups and downs, all together what I can say is we are family,” said senior Trevor Moore.
Moore said he would not trade any of his classmates for anything in the world.
“It’s hard to believe we finally made it,” said senior Jenna Morris.
Morris said others have said the final two years of high school goes by so slow, she would have to disagree with that.
“If anything it went by way too fast,” Morris said.
Salazar said the four seniors have shown as much heart and dedication as classes 10 times their size.
“I am proud of them; they didn’t let the size of their class discourage them at all,” Salazar said.
Salazar said the four seniors functioned as any other class would including, holding fundraisers and sponsoring prom their junior year.
“It’s sad that this chapter of our lives had to end,” Myers said. “Though we all are excited to see what comes.”