By Brianne Twiddy

Herald Review Staff Writer

EVART — Evart High School had 57 students take a step toward their future at its 2017 graduation commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 21.

The ceremony began with a speech by honorary speaker Drew Catalado, a 1990 alumnus of Evart High School. The EHS band performed "Dawn of a New Day" by James Swearingen following his speech.

In Joshua Woods' speech as EHS valedictorian, he discussed the contributions the 2017 class made to the school, from painting a mural to adding a new wrestling team.

"I believe if we make an effort to connect to as many people as possible, and learn as much as possible from those people, we can reach our fullest potential," Woods said.

In her speech, salutatorian Layne Nadig discussed the struggles the students will face in life, and how to face adversity by counting on yourself.

"No matter what other people say or what they think, most importantly it's what you believe and what you do that contributes to your life," Nadig said. "That way you'll be able to handle what life throws at you."

Evart High School top ten graduates, including Woods and Nadig, were: Trevin Ladd, Faith Green, Mariah McNeilly, Nataleigh Burhans, Rebecca Grable, Brooke Belleville, Cody Pritchard and Danielle Beasley.