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Women graduates hear inspiring words from Olympic medalist

Downhill ski racer Holly Flanders spoke at Graduate Tea

Submitted by the Park City Athenaeum Club
Holly Flanders, gold medal Olympic winner in downhill ski racing, speaks to attendees of the 75th Annual Girl Graduate Tea.
Lin Alder/ Park City Athenaeum Club

The 75th Annual Girl Graduate Tea on Monday, June 5, was a wonderful evening. The air was electric in the Eccles Center Lobby as girl graduates and their mothers greeted, conversed and celebrated the upcoming graduation at Park City High School.

More than 140 women filled the room with enthusiasm and happiness at the Graduate Tea. Amy Bean performed beautiful music as the women enjoyed refreshments and each other’s company. Earlier, the graduating women and their mothers had pictures taken by professional photographer Lin Alder. These pictures are free to them.

Betsy Ricks — president of the Park City Athenaeum Club, the event’s host — welcome everyone and announced the program and its participants. The Treblemakers sang the national anthem and delighted the audience with other a cappella numbers.

The former Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership students — Stella Ray and Camden Wall, who are graduating this year — were recognized by Sue Worley. Lorraine Stuecken also honored the Inspirational Girl Graduates: Nayely “Llany” Velazquez, president of Latinos in Action, and Babe “Albany” Miller, student body president of Park City High School.

Holly Flanders, gold medal Olympic winner in downhill ski racing, was the speaker for the tea. Flanders talked about how we can all be the “best in the world.” She asked each person to identify her greatest talent and then start to develop it.

Flanders said we must decide to associate with an inspiring and empowering community of positive people who will move us toward our goal. She asked each woman to picture herself as the best in the world, but to consider how different people and preferences are. She stated that we can’t all be the best in the world, but we all can be the best in our world. We need to decide how we are using our time, and we must be committed to developing our talent and dedicate time to be the best we can be, she said. Flanders inspired everyone in the audience to be her very best.

The evening ended with Amy Bean, accompanied by a slide show of pictures of the girl graduates and their mothers.

The annual Park City High School Girl Graduate Tea has been hosted since 1942 by Park City Athenaeum Club, formerly known as the Woman’s Athenaeum Club. The Club is celebrating 120 years of giving service to Park City and educating its members. Athenaeum was founded in 1897 and is part of the General Federation of Women Clubs. For information on the club, please go to Facebook and search for “GFWC Park City Athenaeum Club.”

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