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(PHOTOS) ‘Horns up, horns forward’: Perseverance defines South High 2024 graduating class

South High graduating students look toward the arena at family and friends Friday, May 24 at Cheyenne Frontier Days Arena in Cheyenne. (Jared Gendron/Cap City News)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — “Horns up” has persisted as the mantra for South High School students. However, as its senior class readied to take up their diplomas and medals of honor for graduation, one teacher proposed a new mantra: “Horns forward.”

Blowhorns blared throughout Cheyenne Frontier Days Arena on Friday evening as South High School’s senior class attended the spring 2024 graduation ceremony. During the ceremony, several speakers provided words of advice to the students before sending them off with well wishes.

This year, Principal Kerri Gentry challenged her graduating class to come up with a word that reflected the goals they want to achieve. Gentry noticed this past week that students had picked words such as “kindness,” “try,” “trust” and “graduate.”

“Well, you made it, seniors,” Gentry said to a round of applause. “Our school might be young, it might still be establishing its roots, but you’ve made your mark — just like I know you’re going to make your mark on your upcoming future.”

Kerri Gentry, principal of South High School, addresses her school’s spring 2024 graduating class during the graduation ceremony Friday, May 24 at Cheyenne Frontier Days Arena in Cheyenne. (Jared Gendron/Cap City News)

LCSD1 Superintendent Stephen Newton offered a few words to the graduating class. He emphasized that though it’s sad to see the students leave, it’s ultimately because they were never meant to stay; they were destined to discover their own paths.

“As they say, ships are indeed safe in the harbor, but that’s not why ships are built,” Newton said. “Ships are meant to travel the seas, and today we’ll set sail in a new way. … I hope your life is filled with all good things, but we also know that letting you go means that you will have to weather some storms without us. Our hope is that you now have all that you need for that journey.”

LCSD1 Superintendent Stephen Newton offers advice and best wishes to the South High graduating class Friday, May 24 at Cheyenne Frontier Days Arena in Cheyenne. (Jared Gendron/Cap City News)

The ceremony’s faculty speaker, which was chosen by students, was social studies teacher Erin Lindt. Lindt discussed how she hopes the graduating class will fail and will fail often because it is a necessary step for growth and innovation.

“Failure is a necessary part of your journey,” Lindt said. “Allow yourself to fail, and be brave enough to overcome. You are on the precipice of a new version of yourself.”

Lindt also reminded students and audience members of the mantra they have built over the past four years: “Horns up.” However, as students move on from their public school years, she wants them to live their new lives “horns forward.”

Finally, student speaker Dakota Clark told her peers to persevere and not let personal hardship define them.

“Our perseverance has carried us this far, and it will only carry us to even greater heights for years to come,” Clark said.

South High seniors file into the stadium for the graduation ceremony Friday, May 24 at Cheyenne Frontier Days Arena in Cheyenne. (Jared Gendron/Cap City News)
A South High student makes her way off the stage Friday, May 24 at Cheyenne Frontier Days Arena in Cheyenne. (Jared Gendron/Cap City News)
A South High student gives a “horns up” gesture on his way to the graduation ceremony Friday, May 24 at Cheyenne Frontier Days Arena in Cheyenne. (Jared Gendron/Cap City News)
South High students watch the award ceremony Friday, May 24 at Cheyenne Frontier Days Arena in Cheyenne. (Jared Gendron/Cap City News)
A graduating senior shows off her diploma Friday, May 24 at Cheyenne Frontier Days Arena in Cheyenne. (Jared Gendron/Cap City News)
Alicia Smith, clerk of the Laramie County School District 1 Board of Trustees, holds a diploma and stands for a photo with a graduating student Friday, May 24 at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Arena in Cheyenne. (Jared Gendron/Cap City News)
An LCSD1 faculty member prepares to give a student a medal at the graduation ceremony Friday, May 24 at Cheyenne Frontier Days Arena in Cheyenne. (Jared Gendron/Cap City News)
A South High graduating senior smiles for a photo Friday, May 24 at Cheyenne Frontier Days Arena in Cheyenne. (Jared Gendron/Cap City News)

The following is a list of students who graduated from South High School on Friday:

  • Joselyn Aguilar Perez
  • Viridiana Alvarez Ibarra
  • Luis Raul Andazola
  • Aubrie Taylyn Anderson
  • Keelan Lee Anderson
  • Angelina Maria Christine Andrades
  • Mario Angel Antunez
  • Faith Andrea Apodaca
  • Jendel Marie Apodaca
  • Tatiana Inosence Aragon
  • Jack Marcus Artery
  • Thomas Leo Atencio, Jr.
  • Alisiana Rae Baca
  • Keylee Anne Baier
  • Kailan Jeriah Bailey
  • Trenton Evan Ballast
  • Allysha Maree Balogh
  • Ariea Genea Banks
  • Aja Mae Bard
  • Hedrey Barron Pando
  • Joey Curryn Barto
  • Emily Rose Becker
  • Hannah Rose Belt
  • Cassie May Benson
  • Kanon Nickalas Lee Bever
  • Christopher Adam Billie
  • Alejandro Birdsley
  • Arianna Nicole Bliss
  • Annabella Nathalia Bocanegra
  • Camryn Christine Bolton
  • Eldora Naomi Mae Bradley
  • Jordynn Jo Brennan
  • Caleb Edward Brewer
  • Angelina Jean Briggs Potter
  • Janaeh Marie Brown
  • Broden Mathew Burns
  • Kendra Christine Burnside
  • Joshua Ricky Bustos
  • Hope Alexis Cahill
  • Matthew Zaid Campa-Martinez
  • Jaime Edwin Caraveo
  • Hailey Marie Carmicheal
  • Camren Jay Case
  • Harley Madison Casey
  • Annabelle Christine Castaneda
  • Macey Nicole Castle
  • Ariadna Aurora Cazares
  • Presley James Christoffersen
  • Zackury Eugene Christopherson
  • Lethesia Marie Cisneros
  • Bailee Hannah Clark
  • Dakota Sky Clark
  • Emily Jade Clark
  • DeMarcus Antonio Contreras
  • Javonte Lonnie Cordova
  • Emma Christine Cortez
  • Rio Marie Cottrell
  • Lindsay Michele Crankshaw
  • Josiah Albert Cuthbert
  • Noah David Damey
  • Nikaya Cheyenne Dausey
  • Kaedyn Patrick Austin Davenport
  • Deegan Mathew Davey
  • Lukas Brady Davidson
  • Daniel Philip DeHerrera-Cruz
  • Maria Genesis De La Rosa
  • Isabelle Mae DeLois
  • Dontae Lee Dixson
  • Adam Jacob Drake
  • Abigail Rose Drennon
  • Jason Lyn Eldefonso, Jr.
  • Analeisia Guadalupe Eldridge
  • Grace Emery Enright
  • Kristofor Landon Espey
  • Kaylin Sophie Fardella
  • Kimberly Felix Santos
  • Malachi Christian Fernandez
  • Alexander Russel Fife
  • Sivana Nikole-Pilar Fitts
  • Tyan Ray Fitzsimons
  • Loran Darrell Foley
  • Benjamin Alexander Lawrence Fone
  • Natalie Elizabeth Foster
  • Malakiah Oscar-Diego Franco
  • Destiny Adriele Frausto
  • Kaleb Jay Gaedtke-Schaefer
  • Kyle James Gallo
  • Brody Allen Galvin
  • Caitlyn Ann Ganskow
  • Abigail Frances Garcia
  • Allisandra Genevieve Garcia
  • Osayas Israel Garcia
  • Alyssa Rose Marie Gartner
  • Jason Joseph Giguere, Jr.
  • Peyton Bryce Gire
  • Eva Caroline Glaze
  • Heidi Raine Glaze
  • Benjamin Thomas Glenn
  • Natalie Gomez
  • Nevaeh Yvonne Gonzales
  • Rihauna Sun Gonzales
  • Breanna Nevaeh Gonzalez
  • Angel Sue Goodner
  • Alexis Nicole Gossett
  • Gustavo Gracia, Jr.
  • Jaden Gracia-Ramirez
  • Melissa Jessie Gralow-Leyba
  • Caleb Matthew Greenlee
  • Rose Helen Groblebe
  • Areyana La Ra Gutierrez
  • Noah Benjamin Haggberg
  • Baillee Dawn Halsey
  • Mackenzie Kay Hamilton
  • Kaiden Norman Harada
  • Caden Michael Hart
  • David Nathaniel Helm
  • Donovyn Bryce Henry
  • T’yanna Yazmin Henry
  • Manuel Anthony Hernandez
  • Alan Alfredo Hernandez Ibarra
  • Gabriel Eduardo Hernandez Reyes
  • Mia Jazmin Hernandez Romero
  • Ryah Jo Herrera
  • Robert Isaiah Hill
  • Adiana Malaya Lani Hipolito
  • Joslyn Rayne Hockenberger
  • Dimitri Ryder Holloway
  • Aleksa Lynn Hombaker
  • Juan Antonio Hostettler
  • Frances Amarah Huff
  • Tyler Quinn Hughes
  • Olivia Mae Humble
  • James Donal Hushbeck
  • Leah Rae Iron Boy
  • Gannon Ray James
  • Johnathan Chance-Dalton Jennings
  • Arianna Angel Johnson
  • Zane Robert Johnson
  • Felicia Lisa Kastner
  • Evan Lee Kautzman
  • Sarah Marie Keefe
  • Megan-Jo Ilene Kelch
  • Christopher Vance Kinohi-Filer
  • Brooke Renee Kohl
  • Savannah Scarlett Kohlhagen
  • Calina Miharu Kraesig
  • Cayla Jenae Lee
  • Neveah Rose Leibovitz
  • Jacob Noah Lemmons
  • Alexis Cheryl-Gene Leyo
  • Andrew Lawrence Lock
  • Nicklas John Lock
  • Justice Victoria Loos
  • Kylee Anne Marie Lords
  • Taidan Guillermo Loverde
  • Anthony Micheal Lucero
  • Zadriann Carmen Lucero-Velasco
  • Tatianna Kyra Lucht
  • Ryder Zane Luhman
  • Marco Antonio Luna
  • Jacob Landen Lundquist
  • Becky Marie Lutzen
  • Jesus Enriques Manzanares, Jr.
  • Christopher Lee Martens
  • Kevin Erich Martin
  • Brandy Martinez
  • Natzuki Iracy Martinez
  • Ashley Martinez Jimenez
  • Isabella Destiny Mata
  • Kassi Rae McBride
  • Tyson Ray McMillion
  • Jecember Ra Meade
  • Michael Isaiah Mendoza
  • Damian Michel
  • Kristyn Rose Miller
  • Alex Johnathan Milner
  • Jose Gabriel Miranda
  • Noah Isaiah Rael Montoya
  • Brayden Dale Moody
  • Kay-Lei Joyce Mordhorst
  • America Michelle Moreno Cabañas
  • Tristan Ray Morgan
  • Caylee Jo Mueller
  • Sawyer Crockett Mullins
  • Joel Leonard Munker
  • Arieana Kay Nace
  • Dante Vine Nathan
  • Audrey Faith Neal
  • Dakota Logan Neidlinger
  • Gabriel Andrew Nevarez
  • Aleida Emireth Nieblas Caperon
  • Madison Shea O’Briant
  • Randy Jose Ochoa Alvarez
  • Julio Tereso Olague
  • Shiloh Sarai Ondriezek
  • Koda Michael Onigkeit
  • Orion Dale Onigkeit
  • Garrett Luis Devante Ortega
  • Chloe Lynn Owens
  • Sean Allen Paice
  • Crystal Lynn Palmer
  • Noah Landon Parker
  • Zuri Paredes
  • Edwin Elias Parra Marquez
  • Alex John Remington Pelto
  • Isaiah Anthony Persinger
  • Riley William Peterson
  • Sydney Rose Phillips
  • Damien Eloy Pino
  • Emily Joy Pivik
  • Kimberly Policiano Lopez
  • Sayde Marie Primus
  • Dezerae Jordan Pulley
  • Samantha Yelena Quintanilla
  • Sophia Trinity Astera Racine
  • Tianna Marie Reed
  • Riley Dean Riggs
  • Julian Matthew Rivera
  • Jaden Alexander Roadifer
  • Jesse Aiden Rodriguez
  • Jorge Julian Rodriguez
  • Yanuby Angel Rodriguez Dominguez
  • Miguel Angel Rodriguez Rabelo
  • Sergio Cruz Flores Rodriquez
  • Briana Paola Rostro-Tapia
  • Riggen Chase Rubeling
  • Elisabeth Jade Rude
  • Nicholas Alexander Russell
  • Madielyn Michelle Rutan
  • Angel Rose Salazar
  • Aubrey Marie Sanchez
  • Christina Raylyn Sanchez
  • Izaiah Phillip Sanchez
  • Lesly Ximena Sanchez Navarrete
  • Natalia Yaquelin Santiago Cruz
  • Catrino Hambura Sayao
  • Aris Kathryn Shank
  • Taylor Maddison Shoopman
  • Jeremiah David Shutt
  • Maria Guadalupe Silva-Mejia
  • Madison Rae Ann Simmons
  • Amya Rain Smith
  • Dakota Shane Solorio
  • Emma Kate Sopr
  • Cayden James Standoff
  • Samuel James Stanton
  • Aleigha Lynne Stedman
  • Landon Adam Sundquist
  • Scarlette Raine Swank
  • Angelina Renee Tafoya
  • Charles Allen Thomas
  • Teodora Maye Thomas
  • Samuel Earl Thoms
  • Makenzie Jo Tolman
  • Santana Levinio Valdez
  • Dominick Robert William Van Leer
  • Kaelin Jane VanTassell
  • Ashlyn Ann Vasquez
  • Joselyn Vazquez-Morales
  • Rachel Scott Vest
  • Robert Timothy Vickery
  • Nya Marie Villezcas
  • Samantha Jane Walker
  • Elias Joeseph Kash Blaize Wallace
  • Layne Rowland Warburton
  • Carlina Malie Ward
  • Joshua John Waterstreet
  • Peytan Lee Weaver
  • Austin Corey Weber
  • Carlee Elaine Wedemeyer
  • Kaitlynn Mae Weisbeck
  • Cayla Lynn Weltz
  • Ian Dean Westervelt
  • Owen James Whelan
  • Zander Xavier White
  • Ashley Alana Wiese-Elsom
  • Serenity Ann Wilcox
  • Trevor Michael Wilhelm-Zlomke
  • Kylie Jane Williams
  • Dylan Michael Willmarth
  • Kaydence Melissa Wood
  • Chase Adam Woodard
  • Emily Ann Woods
  • Guinevere Jourdan Woods
  • Delaney Peyton Woolhether
  • AubriElla Janae Worley
  • Gavin Walker Woytenko
  • Jesse Dylan Wright
  • Anna Jeanette Wynn
  • Marcus Aidan Zuver

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