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Creek Nation Celebrates Class of 2019
The Sand Creek High School community highlighted student achievements, and set the stage for life’s next chapter during commencement exercises May 25 at The Broadmoor World Arena.
Several ceremony speakers gave accolades to the 262 graduates who many believe will continue to set the example and contribute to society. In her “open letter to the last four years,” Jolie Wright, elected class speaker, shared, “As we became seniors, we learned not only how to be good students, but good human beings.”
Family members and friends alike filled the arena to show love and support, and Wright didn’t miss out on the opportunity to include gratitude in her open letter. “To our parents and guardians, thank you,” she remarked. “Now is the time for us to leave the nest, and you couldn’t have better prepared us.”
Sand Creek High School instrumental music performers added a special touch to the occasion, and the school’s women’s select choir sang a touching “Rise Up” piece for the graduates.
To add inspiration, the Class of 2019 selected Steve Rowley, social studies teacher, to speak at their graduation. Rowley’s opinion of the class was evident as he highlighted their dedication to student involvement. “In the words of Theodore Roosevelt, ‘In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing,’” he commented. “The class of 2019 will take an active role when it comes to making decisions for others and yourself.”
Before diplomas were presented to graduates, Audra Lane, campus director, bestowed diplomas of memoriam to the families of Shara Anderson and Tyrese Gale. Anderson and Gale, members of the senior class, passed away prior to the class’s graduation day.
Salutatorian Rebecca Knoche and Valedictorian Jessica DeLeon both had words of advice and appreciation for their fellow students. While the ceremony marked the end of a time in their lives, Knoche encouraged fellow graduates to relish the day. “There were 4,677 days of waiting dedicated to this moment,” she expressed. “This is a moment of endings, reminiscence and new beginnings.”
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