The Class of 2022 for Virgin Valley High School walks out onto the field for their commencement ceremony on May 25th. (Photo: Jason Andrus)

Evan Wilson Field, VVHS, Mesquite, NV-

The Virgin Valley High School Class of 2022 celebrated its official High School Commencement Celebration in a beautiful ceremony held at Evan Wilson Stadium on May 25, 2022, which started at 7:00 pm PST.

The evening started off with a parade showcasing the graduating class of 2022. The events then led to the high school where the class of 2022 lined up on the track. The processional music “Pomp and Circumstance” was performed by the VVHS Band and directed by Brittany Wagner. The graduates marched in and took their seats. It was a beautiful array of colors as the green gowns were highly decorated with beautiful flower and candy leis, sashes that represented culture, and a beautiful array of decorated caps ranging from pictures of friends and family members attached to flowers, glitter, and bling decorating the graduates.

The Class of 2022 listened to the speakers during the ceremony. (Photo: Jason Andrus)

The graduating class of 2022 also carried in a cardboard cutout of their classmate, Ethan Mendenhall, who passed away in 2014 from childhood cancer. He was a member of this class and as they celebrated this day, they included their childhood friend and his memory. His cutout was posted on a chair and there was a green robe draped around him. It was a beautiful sight and a wonderful gesture. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by senior Erin Ofori and the National Anthem was performed by Shaynie Sue Abbot.

VVHS Principal Riley Frei welcomes and congratulates the Class of 2022 (Photo: Jason Andrus)

Principal Riley Frei then addressed the congregation with his welcome speech and introduction of the class of 2022. He presented the co-valedictorians, Willa St. Germain and Maya Solis-Stokes. The two Valedictorians then presented their speeches that included reflecting on the past, looking to the future, and how to really say a “good” bye. The ladies did an outstanding job of sharing their thoughts on the past, present, and future.

Ethan Mendenhall’s parents were invited to the podium and his mother accepted his diploma. When his parents’ names were called to come to the podium, the crowd stood and clapped showing their love and appreciation for this amazing boy and his family. It was such an amazing sight.

The Class of 2022 was then Malia McOmie did the transfer of the tassels. The students’ names were then read off by Kai Davis and they were all able to approach the podium to get their diplomas and a photo with principal Riley Frei.

Principal Frei posed with each graduate while Kai Davis read each graduate’s name. (Photo: Jason Andrus)

The class then did one last walk together to the center of the football field and then family members, fellow students, and teachers gathered to take photos and say their final goodbyes!

The after-party was held at the Mesquite Recreation Center where the students were greeted with food, prizes, and fun! There were several donations of prizes that were awarded all throughout the night. The graduates were able to participate in swimming, dancing, basketball, a bull ride, bounce houses, and
sumo suits! There was a money machine and also a photo booth!

The Mesquite NV Police department was thankful to all the parents, the MPD employees, and the Mesquite Police Officer’s Association for everyone that donated their time, prizes, and food.

The Class of 2022 for Virgin Valley High School. (Photo: Jason Andrus)

The staff at the Virgin River Times wishes the graduates continued success as they embark on their future. As a congratulations gift, the Virgin River Times will be offering one pose for a headshot portrait in digital format to each graduate for free! Call the Virgin River Times at (702) 286-5469 or come in person to their business office and wi-fi internet cafe at 114 N Sandhill Blvd, Ste E in Mesquite to schedule your session. This offer is good for all of June and expires July 1st and is also available to Beaver Dam and Moapa Valley graduates.

Congrats VVHS Dawgs Class of 2022 on your graduation!

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