49 graduate from Roaring Fork High School
CARBONDALE, Colo. Students draped in blue and gold brought bouquets of flowers to their mothers.They climbed stairs and weaved through the crowd filling the bleachers. They hugged their fathers. Brothers and sisters and family shared kind words.Digital cameras sought to capture what can’t be captured.It’s graduation at Roaring Fork High School. Mom and dad probably won’t see their RFHS kid as often as they used to.
“This is a historic moment of which I am proud to be a part,” Principal Dale Parker said.It’s the last graduation in the building. RFHS will move to a new facility and will be replaced by Carbondale Middle School after some summer renovation.Valedictorian Erica Pelland talked about the voyages students have taken and the ones they will undergo.”We’ve had to learn our limitations both the easy and the hard way,” she said. “The bad and good memories have all helped us along in finding ourselves.””The world is round, and the place that seems like the end may be its beginning,” valedictorian Natasha Koziel said.
Now 49 souls are out of RFHS and considering the rest of their lives.Frank Markoya was called upon to wish the graduates well. He spoke of passion, fear and integrity.”Go into the unknown without fear, without trepidation,” he said. “Find your passion and find success.”He told students it’s OK to fail – it’s part of success.”I really care about you,” he said. “I love to see you get better both as an athlete and as a person. … You are you. Be proud of who you are.”
He said everyone can overcome fears. Leaving the Roaring Fork Valley and entering the real world is like a metamorphosis.”You’re here in your little cocoon – but guess what, you’re going to start flying soon,” Markoya said.The reading of a list of local donors and scholarship recipients indicates how local businesses have taken an interest in young people’s lives.Parker had hugs for students after they received their diplomas. Each senior received a personal letter from an RFHS staff member.”Ms. Haptonstall, it gives me great pleasure to present you the Roaring Fork High School Class of 2007,” Parker said, inspiring loud cheers.
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