by: Jim Hart Called to center stage to receive a medal, Mackensie Sempert is honored by Principal Aaron Bayer as the Sandy High School Valedictorian for 2011. Sempert earned a perfect 4.0 grade-point average.

Many words of wisdom filtered through the New Hope Community Church last Friday as more than 300 Sandy High School students participated in the 94th commencement exercises.

Among speakers, Valedictorian Mackensie Sempert advised her peers to do what they love. 'My simple advice is to live life by choice, not by consequence,' she said, 'to do what you love, and to be the best you can be.'

SHS Principal Aaron Bayer talked about the life story each graduate is writing with each day's activities, and he thanked each one for allowing him to be a part of their story. His comments visibly moved some of the students, who showed him they care by giving him a hug while receiving their diploma.

His words characterized what he hopes for each young man and woman wearing a cap and robe. 'Before the ink dries (on your story),' he said, 'I would like to see you care more than people think you should; serve while others are waiting to be waited on; do more for those who can't do anything for you; work to make those around you great; never walk away saying, 'I should have done more'; and let the world see you for who you really are.'

Next week, the Post will print its 2011 graduation coverage.

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