Coal Ridge High School sees off first four-year class |

Coal Ridge High School sees off first four-year class

John Gardner
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Kelley Cox Post Independent

NEW CASTLE, Colorado ” Dusk fell on the Coal Ridge High School football field Sunday evening, saying goodbye to the school’s first four-year class to walk the halls and call themselves Titans.

The Class of 2009 graduated 115 students. The football bleachers were filled, and the crowd spilled onto the track surrounding the field and even onto the field itself. The community is part of this class, and the class will forever be part of this community.

“Class of 2009, we rock,” said class valedictorian Nicholas Lapka. “We need to thank all the teachers and staff that have mentored us through these four years.”

This is the only high school that this class has ever known. They are Titans through and through. And according to language arts teacher Brian Blair, who gave the commencement address and also has accompanied this class through the four years of high school, these students gave the school character.

“A new school is like a new house,” Blair said. “Coal Ridge was like a new house. When it opened I was afraid to touch anything because everything was clean and new. A house has no character until someone has lived in it. But, since our school has had these guys living in it, it now has character.”

For Blair, Sunday was a not only bittersweet watching the students that he’s had a hand in molding through high school, but he was excited to let them go and see what impact they will have on the world.

“These kids have done so much for me,” Blair said. “You’ve done enough for me. You’ve done enough for this school. I want you to go out and beautify the world. Congratulations, Class of 2009.”

Lapka ended his humorous speech on a sentimental note as well.

“It’s been a great four years, Class of 2009,” he said. “Good luck with all you have planned for the future.”

While the sun may have set on this class Sunday, signifying the end to their time as Titans, the sun will rise on them as adults this morning, lighting up the path to their future.

Contact John Gardner: 384-9114

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