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Unity in diversity

Cindy Ramunno
Bret Hartman/Vail DailyNick Gifford is heading to Wisconsin for college, but will miss his extended family at RCHS.

Senior Nick Gifford could have gone to high school anywhere. But he chose Red Canyon, the valley’s only alternative high school.

“I went to Vail Christian, and then I chose RCHS because it is a school that truly pushes you to succeed, but helps you along the way,” says Gifford. “Red Canyon helped me succeed not only academically but in other ways as well, because they’d help me deal with my problems and schoolwork,” Gifford adds.

Gifford talked with school counselor Judy Caligiuri about transferring because he was dealing with a lot of stress, problems and responsibilities.

“I had lots of problems with people. I usually don’t like meeting new people and I’m stubborn and narrow-minded,” explains Gifford. “RCHS helped me with that, because the teachers try and help us with our problems and work things through to make us better people and more successful,” says Gifford.

Gifford’s family is very involved in the community and very supportive of Gifford. He is the son of Loren and Judy, a brother to Erika, brother-in-law to Justin and uncle to his very special little niece, Zola.

“Nick is a great kid, with great family support,” says Caligiuri. Who does Gifford admire most? “My parents, my teachers, my sister and brother-in-law, because they have always believed in me, and shown trust in me,” says Gifford.

Gifford moved to the valley from Wisconsin when he was just five years old. He doesn’t like to stay in the same place for long.

“I’ve been in five different schools, have known a lot of people, and have seen many changes. I’m just getting anxious being here, and feel like I need a change soon,” says Gifford. Next fall, Gifford will go to college in Wisconsin to study information technologies and computer networking, and afterwards, become a computer tech who owns his own business.

Will Gifford miss anything about RCHS?

“Everything. The teachers, the students, the atmosphere, and the diversity. RCHS was the best thing that has happened to me. I really will miss everything. The teachers are like our friends. We all are different ” but we all unite. We all have things in common and can relate to each other. I just really like the way the school is run, and I think Mr. Hill (principal Wade Hill) should get a raise.”

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