Vail Valley Scene column: Episcopal Church honors graduating seniors |

Vail Valley Scene column: Episcopal Church honors graduating seniors

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Vail Valley Scene
2014 Vail Valley seniors pose with Father Brooks and Deacon Steve Baird of the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration at the Edwards Interfaith Chapel on May 18 at the Senior Recognition.
Tom Washing | Special to the Daily |

EDWARDS — Graduation seniors from high schools throughout the Vail Valley were honored on Sunday at the Edwards Interfaith Chapel. Father Brooks Keith recognized each student individually, recounting stories of their academic, athletic and community achievements. Those in attendance were treated to stories their families shared about them as well.

Each student received gifts from the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration, including a special gift from Father Brooks. He gave each student a Starbucks card telling them he knows the manager at the Edwards Starbucks and he better not hear that any of them cashed in their card here in the valley. The cards, Father Brooks told the students, “are for that moment in the first semester of your freshman year when you really need a Starbucks turbo capufrapaccino! We all have those moments in our freshman year away from home at college.”

One of the seniors, Haley Samuels, was celebrating her 18th birthday and the entire congregations sang happy golden birthday. Another student, Ethan Cotton, was recognized for his leadership in building a strong cross-country team at Battle Mountain High School. Father Brooks recalled Danny Travers playing guitar in the children’s pageant at Christmas and how it seemed like just yesterday he held Colin Green in his arms to baptize him (that was 18 years ago, and Colin is now well over 6-feet tall.)

After the ceremony, the seniors were treated to a barbecue at the Eagle River Presbyterian Church. Lawn games, Moe’s BBQ and a great potluck provided by the members of the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration and beautiful weather made for a perfect celebration of these wonderful Vail Valley seniors and a great way to begin their graduation week.

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