Largest Vail Christian class graduates
The largest class ever to graduate from Vail Christian High School left the Vilar Center Sunday without their mortar boards on their heads and with a stuffed goose under their arms. Mortar boards flew over the audience after 23 seniors received their high school diplomas during a ceremony at the Vilar Center for the Arts in Beaver Creek.”I want the geese to remind you of graduation day -they’ll lift your spirits when you’re down,” said Dr. Bill Bevan, who gave the message to the Class of 2004. “It’s a great day to graduate, you are the largest class ever,” said Bevan, who noted the class’ athletic and scholastic achievements. “You guys have walked the talk.”The ceremony began with a greeting from Steven Glandorf, the school’s executive director and principal. Then, Kyle Morris, Rachel Glandorf and Jessica Marchbanks performed the song “You raise me up.”The introduction of co-valedictorians John McGee and Kyle Cureau followed and both addressed the graduating group and the audience.”It’s what we are and what we strive to become that we can control,” said McGee, 18, of Eagle. “My first challenge to you, parents and teachers, is to keep challenging us. “We are now prepared to face the challenges of the world,” Mcgee added. “We are capable. We are ready.”In his speech, Cureau, who recently won a $1,000 Wal-Mart scholarship, said three virtues described the Class of 2004.”Tenacity, resolve and character,” said Cureau, 18, of Edwards. “For example, the more our track athletes are in pain, the more motivated they get.”Our class isn’t known for being the most obedient, but it’s one of the best,” said Cureau, who is going to study international relations at Colorado College. “Vail Christian has done an amazing job with our faith. You guys are awesome! It’s been great.”The presentation of diplomas followed and a parade of ties, slacks, shorts, flip flops and colorful sneakers took over the stage.The boys were the most daring with their outfits. Richard Butters wore yellow and black sneakers with pink socks. Nathan Simon was among those wearing flip flops, no tie and shorts.In the audience, Paul Colbert, 21, of Santa Barbara, Calif., blew a party noise maker to cheer Butters, his cousin.
When asked what he would like to tell his cousin on graduation day, Colbert, a junior at the University of California at Santa Barbara, said: “College is a lot of hard work, but a lot of fun. Keep up the hard work.”Megan Barry, 18, of Edwards, who graduated a semester earlier already is attending Colorado Christian University at Denver where she is studying business.”There’s more freedom when you are in college, but there are also more responsibilities,” she said. “It’s a whole new aspect of life.”Pam Horan-Kates said she was proud of her daughter Brooke Horan-Kates, who is going to study microbiology at the University of Colorado.”She has brought us some of our most breath-taking moments in our life,” Pam Horan-Kates said after the graduation. “I’m sad for myself, but she is so ready that we’re thrilled.”Nathan Simon, 18, of Eagle-Vail, said he won’t miss his family when he moves to Minnessota to attend Gustavus Adolphus College to study international business.”They’ll visit a lot,” he said. “I’m ready to go to college, being on my own and making my own decisions.”Simon, a high school hockey player, said he will play for the college team.Patrick Beaudine, who teaches social sciences and coaches women’s basketball and football at Vail Christian High School, described the graduating class as “a group of leaders.””The giftedness that this class had in athletics and academics is incredible,” Beaudine said.Veronica Whitney can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 454 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. At a glanceThe class of 2004Megan BarryAndreas BauerP.J. BevanRobert BrgochRichard ButtersKyle CureauChase DurrettPeter FergusonKrista FoxWill GuffeyBrooke Horan-KatesMichael MacCutcheon
John McGeeTrey MilhoanRye MillerKyle MorrisCaitlin RapsonRex RobertsMatthew SeatvetStephen ShainholtzSamantha SheltonNathan SimonAlex SpinksBrittany Wright=============================================