Two-hundred and eleven seniors received diplomas from Wood River High School on Thursday, June 6—the largest group ever to graduate from the Hailey school. Eighty percent plan to continue their education at two- and four-year colleges, according to Principal John Pearce; for nearly half of that cohort, they’ll be the first of their family to push beyond a high school degree. But commencement speaker Chet Olsen, a technology teacher, congratulated all graduates on their achievements over the past four years, regardless of what comes next. His advice: Whatever you do from here, make it your own. “I recommend and encourage you not to put emphasis on the measurements and stereotypes that society seems to obsess over,” he told the class. “Make sure your next chapters are ones you look back on with pride and dignity. After all, it’s your journey. Make it honorable, and great.”
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