Scott and Susan Hert of S.S. Hert Trucking (center first row) came bearing gifts for the graduating seniors. Scott shared the rags-to-riches story of his father, who founded the company. He told the students that they too can find success and fulfillment by working hard.Also joining the students in this photo are Superintendent Peter Livingston, Assistant Superintendent Nate Lambdin, Principal Jason Story and event organizer Jessica Risler, who serves as president of the district's Board of Trustees.
By Peter Day
LVUSD Social Media
LVUSD Social Media
For the fourth year in a row, Lucerne Valley High School seniors set to graduate each received personalized gift baskets funded and prepared by community and school donors who painstakingly assembled the baskets full to the brim of each student’s favorite items.
After a delicious Mexican food lunch prepared by the Davalos family, Assistant Superintendent/Principal Nate Lambdin began the gift giving in the Sgt. Brian Walker Memorial Gymnasium on Tuesday, May 16.
Once again, the organizer of the event, school board president Jessica Risler, was there helping to hand out the gifts. Mrs. Risler spearheaded the first Senior Basket event in 2020. The event is the brainchild of Mary Watson, who owns U.S.A. Septic in Lucerne Valley with her husband Jody.
The keynote speaker was Scott Hert, who shared his family’s rags-to-riches business story of how his father started with nothing and through determination and hard work built S.S. Hert Trucking into a thriving, successful business that employees 50 with locations in several states. He also is a graduate of Lucerne Valley High School.
“It’s very simple but hard to do,” Mr. Hert said to the Class of 2023, “just work hard, be honest, and don’t spend more than you have. You may have some tough times, but you can overcome them. Everyone of you is capable of that.”
Mr. Hert and his wife Susan gave each senior gifts that included a lighted plaque, candy and other goodies — a fresh, crisp $100 bill.
Following the gift and basket opening, students wrote thank you letters to the generous donors.