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Vail Valley: 140 students to graduate SOS

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the Vail DailyJonathan Cano (front) and Christian Luna, Vail Valley students in Year Two of the SOS University program, volunteered to help the Salvation Army prepare Thanksgiving baskets. The two will graduate from SOS this Sunday

VAIL, Colorado ” This Sunday, 140 students will graduate SOS Outreach programs in the final graduation of the season in Colorado’s Vail Valley.

In addition to improving their skiing and snowboarding skills, SOS students this season volunteered for tree planting projects, helped the Salvation Army assemble Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets, and helped with various clean-up projects.

Eagle County programs coordinator Justin Behravesh said it was nice to watch students mature over the course of the program.

“It’s amazing to see the growth within the students who have been with this program for multiple year,” Behravesh said. “Some of the students graduating have been with SOS for five years. Seeing their personal development has been amazing, and I’m excited to see many of them move on to our junior mentor program next year.”

On Saturday, students in Year Three of the multi-year SOS University program will see their hard work pay off in a skateboarding competition held at the Edwards skate park.

Arn Menconi, SOS Outreach executive director, said Robert Veitch, who sits on the board of both SOS and the Shaw Foundation, will deliver the keynote address for the ceremony.

“This season has been our most successful to date, not just in terms of numbers of kids that get to go to the mountain, but in how hard they’ve worked to make their community a better place,” he said.

The graduation ceremony begins at 11 a.m. at Battle Mountain High School this Sunday. For more information, contact SOS at 970-926-9292.

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