Four student speakers will be honored at the 82nd commencement exercises on Saturday, April 27, in the BDAC.
Serving as valedictorian is Benjamin Warnick from Spanish Fork, Utah, who graduated from Maple Mountain High School in 2017.
At USU Eastern he studied welding technology and will graduate with associate degrees in science and applied science. He plans to attend Weber State University to pursue a bachelor’s degree in welding engineering and graduate school for welding engineering at Ohio State University or Metallurgical Engineering at Colorado School of Mines.
Beginning in high school, Warnick competed in SkillsUSA’s National Welding Fabrication contest, earning a bronze medal in 2016 and a gold medal in both 2017 and 2018. He and his teammates are preparing for the 2019 welding fabrication state and national competitions and hope to earn an unprecedented third national championship.
In his free time he enjoys mountain biking, dirt biking, and skiing. He is employed at Alloyed Solutions and is responsible for the full welding and assembly of aircraft ground support equipment.
The salutatorian is Rhiannon Bradley, a graduate of Carbon High School. After graduating from Utah State University, she hopes to work as a speech-language pathologist.
Bradley works at Castle Heights Elementary where she absolutely loves working with the children. In her time at USU Eastern, she enjoyed participating in the theater and music departments and was a cast member “Guys and Dolls” and “Little Shop of Horrors,” plus sang with the choir.
Besides studying for her classes, she likes playing board games (especially beating her dad at cribbage), reading, singing, watching movies, and, of course, eating popcorn.
The final speaker is Alexandria Anderson, USU Eastern student body president, and the daughter of Brenda and the late Vance Anderson.
Originally from Bronx, New York, she moved to Utah and graduated from Taylorsville High School. She is working on her bachelor’s degree in social work and plans to graduate in 2020.
Anderson served on the Eastern Utah Student Association for the last four years holding multiple positions. She played a major role on campus in the development of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, Diversity Programing and Conference, Miss USU Eastern, the Nexus Student Lounge and community Involvement; to name a few.
She loves USU Eastern and is thankful for the opportunities provided to her. She aspires to work in the foster care system and politics.
The Val Halamandaris Award is presented to Maddy Meyers from Saratoga Springs, Utah, and graduate of Westlake High School.
She served as the Serving Utah Network (SUN) president this year on campus. She has always been involved with service growing up including volunteering at homeless shelters, and doing projects like pulling neighbors weeds, and tying blankets for hospitals. She one day wants become a travel agent and travel the world doing humanitarian work.