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Tamara Miller
Preston Utley/Vail Daily The graduating class of 2005 for Vail Christian High School stand as they are announced Sunday at the Vilar Center.
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BEAVER CREEK – Rachel Hays has been dreading her graduation day.It’s not because the Vail Christian Academy senior doesn’t want to go to college and it’s not because she’s not ready to leave high school.

“I’ve been terrified about making this speech,” said the class valedictorian while making her address to the senior class and their families. Hays survived, however, as did her 13 classmates in the Class of 2005. The relatively small class, at least compared to the public high school, still managed to draw enough friends and families to fill the bottom tier of seats at the Vilar Center. The academy’s smaller class size created a family-like bond among the students that both the seniors and the faculty mentioned in their speeches.

Hays, an only child, said she now feels like she has nine sisters and four brother after spending her high school years with her classmates. Sarah Sparling, the class salutatorian, told her classmates that they shouldn’t fear their futures.”God never gives you more than you can handle,” she said.

Three teachers took turns talking about each of the students. Theology instructor Linda Isbell said the seniors in her class had spent the year talking about the nine “fruits of the spirit” which are positive traits like peace, joy, self control and kindness. Each of the students possess many of these traits, Isbell said. The teachers “restrained” themselves to assigning each senior one of those positive traits, but that didn’t prevent them from sharing a few memorable moments. One teacher described senior Sophia Martin’s gift of patience by sharing the reason why Martin arrived late for her English final: Her grammar homework had flown out of her convertible while she was driving to school. Pat Phelan, who taught a government class at the school this year, started off his speech by acknowledging that many in the audience likely attended Battle Mountain High’s graduation ceremony earlier in he day. Phelan, who also teaches at Battle Mountain High, used a bit of humor in his address by telling the seniors just how good they’ve had it for the past 17 or 18 years. “Here’s a four-letter word: work,” Phelan said. “That’s your future, people.”

He urged the seniors to live their lives with integrity. “Say what you mean, mean what you say; live your live accordingly,” Phelan said.

Staff Writer Tamara Miller can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 607, or tmiller@vaildaily.com.Vail, Colorado


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