Sierra Lutheran High School Celebrates 17 Seniors (VIDEO)

Posted By on May 30, 2015


by Joey Crandall,

CARSON CITY, Nev. — “Sometimes this place feels more like home than our actual houses,” Sierra Lutheran High School’s 2015 valedictorian Leanna Temple said, addressing her classmates Saturday afternoon.

She went on to explain that at times, “High school was a giant confusing tangled ball of words.” But she offered sets of words she wanted her classmates to walk away with, including: “If you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong room,” “It doesn’t matter how high you might rise, at some point you are bound to stumble,” and “Leisurely paces don’t get you places.”

“If you want to do something, go do it,” Temple said. “Purposeful paces get you places.”

She later encouraged her classmates to not settle, and to challenge themselves.

Sierra Lutheran High School awarded diplomas to 17 seniors Saturday afternoon in the school gymnasium.


Temple closed by sharing from Proverbs 4:20-23. “Of the words I’ve learned, these words I hold above all others … ‘My son, pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to my words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to one’s whole body. Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.'”

She then assigned her fellow graduates to homework assignments to carry with them into adulthood: “Guard your heart, and make your words count,” she said.

Academic Dean and teacher Dr. Tami Seddon issued the graduation address.

“I have four words to share with you,” Seddon said. “‘Bear fruit’ and ‘Roots matter.'”

She went on to describe exotic fruits like the sugar apple, jabuticaba, rambutan and miracle fruit.

“When God created each of these fruits, He called it good,” she said. “When He created each of you, he called it very good.”

(Continued Below)

She encouraged graduates to hold to their faith and stay grounded in Christ.

“Roots matter. You have been growing roots since the day you were born,” she said. “… You’ve developed a well-rounded root system that is ready to support a tree that is going to bear fruit.

“Even more importantly, you have been grafted into the root of Christ …

“We are grafted into the death and resurrection of Christ. Imagine being grafted into the strength of Christ, and the righteousness of Christ, and the peace of Christ and the love of Christ. You don’t have to imagine it, because God promises that that is all true. Just as the root system feeds a tree, Christ gives us all we need to flourish, to bear witness and to grow his kingdom.”

“…When the harsh winds of life blow, and they will, you will be able to rest in knowing that you are grafted into that tap root of Christ to bear wonderful and exotic fruits.”

Sierra Lutheran’s graduating class of 2015 included:

Cali Lynn Paige Benton

Avninder Singh Buttar

Seth Ross Cariaga

Camille Frances Cassidy

Kaitlyn Ashley Christensen

Cady Rebekah Contreras

Matthew Lewis Davis

Christopher Eugene Eckert

Jake Maxmillian Forvilly

Marcus Joseph Gallegos

Wyatt Michael Hicks

Griffin Thomas Kale

Evan Jacob Lewis

Kaitlin Rose Lucky

Jerod Reed Powers

Leanna Rose Temple

Amy Noelle Westre


Full video of the ceremony is available here: