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Committed Seniors Tie Knot before Graduation

Cindy Ramunno

“To have and to hold, from this day forward; for better or for worse; for richer or for poorer; in sickness and in health. I promise to love you and cherish you, and be faithful to you for as long as we both shall live. . .”

In 2006, those words aren’t said by many 18-year-olds unless there is a surprise pregnancy or some other unforeseen circumstance. On April 29, friends and family joined Eagle Valley High School seniors Jimmy Benevides and Crystal Atencio at the Bible Church in Eagle-Vail to witness and celebrate their wedding vows. When asked what they love the most about each other, both emphasize the overall personality of the other.

“Jimmy is my lifesaver and he has a kind heart,” Crystal says. Jimmy says that Crystal is not like other girls her age.

“Crystal has a big heart and she is genuinely a nice person,” he explains.

The reason for the early marriage? They love each other. The two have known each other their entire lives, and have carefully mapped out their lives. The new Mr. and Mrs. Benevides have solid plans for their future together.

Jimmy is joining the Army, and once the couple is settled on a base, Crystal will attend college. “I’m going to get my degree in accounting,” Crystal says.

The couple is waiting to have children until they have met their educational and career goals. “When I am done with the Army and Crystal is done with school, we’ll start a family,” says Jimmy.

Members of the wedding party included Angelica Pinela and Danielle Brower. Eagle Valley seniors Will Britt, David McMichael and Julian Valdez stood up for Jimmy. Britt, who’s taking full credit for setting the couple up 3 years ago, served as best man and has known Jimmy and Crystal since they were very young.

“I know Jimmy extremely well, and he loves Crystal as much as anyone can love someone,” Britt says. He adds that Jimmy is always positive about his relationship with Crystal. “I’ve seen them both grow and develop over the years and they are great for each other. I wish them the very best,” he says.

Teacher Luke Cross says both seniors always have a smile on their faces, and he thinks they will go far in life.

“They both have great morals and an incredible work ethic,” Cross says.

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