Deceased student will be honored at American Fork High School graduation following outcry

May 15, 2024, 4:00 PM | Updated: 5:36 pm

Samantha Corey poses with several members of the American Fork High School football team....

Samantha Corey with members of the American Fork High School football team. (Photo courtesy: Corey family)

(Photo courtesy: Corey family)

Listen to Jeff Caplan’s Afternoon News: Alpine School District on policy exception


AMERICAN FORK, Utah — Alpine School District has announced that Samantha Corey, a student who passed away from cancer before graduation, will be recognized at the graduation ceremony for American Fork High School. Corey’s family had previously expressed concern over a district policy that may have prevented her from being recognized at graduation. 

Samantha was loved by her classmates, teachers, and school staff. She will be recognized at the school’s graduation ceremony Wednesday, May 22 at the Marriott Center in Provo,” Alpine School District said in a statement.

A petition was formed on Corey’s behalf through change.org, garnering nearly 2,500 signatures as of the time of writing.

“Policy is designed to help us effectively administer our programs across the district and our process for exceptions allows us to recognize the uniqueness and beauty of individuals and their stories,” the district said. “We are grateful to our high school administrators who so effectively and passionately advocate for their schools.”

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Deceased student will be honored at American Fork High School graduation following outcry