Vail Valley schools: Red Canyon holds record graduation
VAIL VALLEY, Colorado Life in Colorado’s Vail Valley is like riding a bicycle all you need to do to keep your balance is keep pedaling.Thats what Scott Reiter, a 2008 Red Canyon High School graduate, told the 40 members of the class of 2009 Friday at their graduation ceremony at 4 Eagle Ranch. The Red Canyon students had come a long way the school is the countys alternative high school and many students have gone through many hardships already in their short lives. Judy Caligiuri, a counselor at Red Canyon, said so many of the graduates have had incredible journeys.The 40 graduates had overcome their own personal obstacles and remained focused on getting an education. Many graduates thanked their teachers for helping them make it to their graduations.You believe in us even when we give up on ourselves, said Alejandra Cornelio, a graduate who gave the teacher appreciation speech.Many seniors hugged their teachers after they walked across the stage to receive their diplomas some told teachers they wouldnt have graduated without them.Its those people both students and staff that make Red Canyon High School a special place, said Principal Wade Hill. Theres an energy and excitement for learning thats undeniable, he said.The school feels like a small community; like a family, he said. Community is something thats deep within the schools beliefs community is something students learn they should be a part of in life, Hill said.Natalie Martinez commended her fellow graduates, which she called her family, for having the self discipline to stay in school and graduate. She said the class of 2009 might wonder now what it will accomplish as individuals, but with that continued self-discipline, the sky is the limit.We dream of making the world a better place, she said. If the students could look to anyone for inspiration, it was Reiter. Just one year out of high school, he was already on his way to becoming a teacher himself. His speech tugged at the hearts of the graduates and everyone at the ceremony it was funny, witty and it hit home. Theres nothing that cant be accomplished, he said. The only thing that can stop students from succeeding is themselves, he said. Dont let the world define your life, but let your life define the world.Narci Huffman echoed that sentiment when she gave the senior message to her classmates. Her free-sprited attitude delivered encouraging messages to the graduates. Give a stranger a high-five, she said. Never regret anything that made you smile.Lauren Glendenning can be reached at 970-748-2983 or email@example.com
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