By Adam Madison
Triplicate staff writer
The 2007 graduating class of Del Norte High School and their friends and family were greeted with warm, sunny weather and a light breeze for the new grads to toss their caps into.
"This weather is awesome isn't it?" said Eric Chandler, a friend of graduate Micala Baxter.
The Del Norte High Concert Band performed "Themes From Rocky," for the arriving friends and family and the grads as they lined up to take their seats. The traditional "Pomp and Circumstance," was played as the students took their seats.
"I had a feeling that he might not graduate, that she might have been ditching class too much, but now he's going to Humboldt State," said Sue Yang, grad Chou Yang's sister.
Eurees Vue, senior class president, welcomed the guests and presented the senior gift. Vue also spoke about the $2,000 that the seniors raised for this year's "Safe and Sober" grad dance and the $3,000 the seniors raised for the sober grad dance for next year's grads.
Kim Longrie, salutatorian gave her speech first.
Longrie began her speech with "the life-altering roller-coaster known as high school."
"We are beginning what is now known as the rest of our lives," Longrie said.
Longrie told the new grads that "we should pick the weeds and keep the flowers."
Longrie ended her speech with "someone (friends, family and teachers) gave us the reason to believe in ourselves, congratulations we did it."
Valedictorian Ian Uecker spoke next, not about graduation or the class of ¬Ď07 but about the fear of doing a speech.
Uecker likened giving a speech in front of his peers to "playing around with a scalpel in the middle of a highway," and having "your intestines caught around the axle of an eighteen wheeler," with the truckdriver "blaring country music, too ignorant to notice he's dragging you behind his truck.
"It seemed like yesterday, it was cool but trippy," said Sherman Norton, a Yurok Tribal member, after graduation.