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Cards ready for what life deals them

Samantha PalGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Post Independent/Kelley Cox

PARACHUTE, Colo. It was only after receiving his diploma from Grand Valley High School on Saturday that salutatorian Luke Braby admitted to masterminding the senior prank for the class of 2007.”Me and my buddies Danny Manzanares and Mitch Belden put 1,000 chairs on the roof of the school, taped the chairs together, and put a maintenance vehicle on blocks and hid the tires,” said Braby.Braby addressed his classmates in the salutatorian address only slightly more seriously, reminiscing on their time in high school.

“When it rained it poured,” Braby said of their obstacles. “That physics grade was dangerously close to becoming the letter that comes after E and before G in the alphabet, the team lost a heartbreaker, or that previously mentioned boyfriend or girlfriend dropped you like a bad habit.”Braby reminded his classmates that their graduation was not their destination, but a landmark on their map.Planning for the future, many of the students of Grand Valley High took dual-enrollment courses that allowed them to finish their high school credits while also earning credits for college, so some will be able to start college as sophomores.Of the 31 graduates, 20 will go on to college, with three planning to attend vocational schools, and two joining the military. Chris Evans will join the Army and David Gray will join the Marine Corps, hoping to become an airplane mechanic.

At Mesa State, Katie Bryan will run cross country and Manzanares will join the football program, joined by seven of their classmates studying subjects ranging from criminology to business. Sam McKinley will play basketball at the University of Northern Colorado, where two other Grand Valley students will also attend.Jesse Forney will spend a month and a half in Canada this summer counseling Indian youth before returning to Colorado Mountain College in Rifle, and valedictorian Lindsay Levine plans on studying abroad through the University of Denver.Addressing the graduates before they turned their tassels, Principal Ryan Frink commended them on finishing a great race.”Be not afraid to do the best at whatever you decide to do,” said Frink.

Braby affirmed to his classmates that even though the road ahead of them might seem insurmountable, they are more than capable.”Like Timbuk 3 said in their ’80s hit song, ‘Our future’s so bright, we gotta wear shades,'” Braby said as he put on sunglasses in the high school gymnasium.Contact Samantha Pal: 384-9129,

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