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SCHS Seniors Reflect on Moments, Prepare for More

SCHS Graduation ceremony

Nearly 280 students walked across the stage to receive their diplomas as Sand Creek High School honored their 2024 seniors with their graduation ceremony at the Broadmoor World Arena on Friday, May 24.

“Today marks the beginning of the rest of our lives. Now that may sound like a scary and imposing thing, but it’s also exciting. You get to create the next part of your life and choose who you want to become,” Senior Class President Alora Mortensen said as she welcomed her classmates and their families. “While that may seem cliche, its important and true, there is a time for all of us to reach our dreams and goals, and until that time comes you need to be patient and continue to work hard. Remember to live in the moment and not stress too much about the future, or else you will miss the moment you are in.”

Nicole Payne, elected student speaker, said, “As we spend our final moments together, I want to say two things that have been on my mind since senior year began. I am proud to have been alongside all of you and I am proud of each and every one of you. You stayed strong, even when all you wanted to do was give up. You made it through thick and thin, your friends by your side. You made countless memories, ones you will remember even if you say you won’t.”

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Brooklynn Rozzell, student speaker, told her classmates, “I want all of you to remember to be present. Live every moment like it is special. Don’t get a case of destination fever. Start to focus less on where you’ll end up, and more on the going.”

Sarah Garcia-Temple, SCHS English teacher and chosen staff speaker, said, “I encourage you to highlight and uplift others often, even for the smallest of things. When you see a hint of greatness in others, fortify it. Help as much as you are able. And when you don’t see good things happening, make them happen because you are capable of doing so.”

Principal Amy Sanchez-Martinez said to the graduates, “You seniors have outgrown this environment. You are ready to move on. You are ready for a new challenge. This means you are prepared for the next leg of your journey.”

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