Coal Ridge High School honors 74 students at its academic signing day |

Coal Ridge High School honors 74 students at its academic signing day

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Theresa Hamilton
Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO
Contributed PhotoCRHS senior Brent Hazzard enters the gym for the academic signing ceremony at Coal Ridge High School.

As freshmen, Brent Hazzard and Ty Weller sat in the bleachers and watched the graduating class of 2009 stand before them in the Coal Ridge High School gymnasium as part of the first academic signing ceremony. The seniors declared their goals and aspirations for the future. It made an impression.

“It really shows what you can do with your life and shows how far you can go if you work hard in school,” said Weller of the annual ceremony that showcases the senior class before the entire school.

Seventy-four of 89 members of the Class of 2012 (representing 83 percent), will pursue college, trade school or military options next year.

“We want to ensure that every student at Coal Ridge High School is prepared to go on to further their education, whether that be in the classroom, trade school, military or the work force,” said Coal Ridge Principal Dave Morgan. “We are proud to recognize our senior class for all of their hard work and dedication over the last four years. We hope that this ceremony serves an inspiration to the underclassmen at Coal Ridge High School.”

Scott Zevin, CRHS assistant principal, added that over time, Coal Ridge maintains 80 percent or more of their students continue on through some form of higher-education. He added that students are encouraged to apply for scholarships and grants to limit the financial burden that college can become on families.

Coal Ridge has conducted an Academic Signing Day annually since 2009. Students sign a symbolic academic letter signing, indicating their commitment to their school of choice – much like the national letter of intent signing done by athletes.

Every student pursuing opportunities after graduation was individually recognized as he/she entered the CRHS gym on Thursday, May 3.

“It really is an honor to stand before the school and be recognized for the work we put in over the last four years,” added Hazzard of the ceremony.

Weller will be attending Colorado School of Mines to study petroleum engineering. He is Coal Ridge High School’s recipient of the prestigious Encana Scholarship as well.

“[Colorado School of] Mines is a prestigious school,” said Weller. “I want to be successful in my life, and I knew School of Mines would get me there.”

Hazzard and Weller are two of CRHS’s 19 first-generation college attendees. Hazzard will be attending the University of Northern Colorado this fall and has had much support from his family.

“It feels great [to be heading to college]. I like to put a smile on my family’s face. I know they are proud of me. It’s a good feeling.”

Both students say that Coal Ridge High School helped prepare them for their journey ahead.

“Besides our classes, we have learned a lot about time management skills for sure. I know that is one of the biggest challenges in college – making sure you can balance everything and get your work in on time,” explained Weller.

The draft 2012-13 calendars reflecting the four-day school week are online at (under news). Parents and community members are asked to review these options and provide their feedback via the online survey link. This feedback will be provided to the School Board as part of their decision making process at the May 8 meeting.

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