CRMS graduates 32 in outdoor ceremony in Carbondale |

CRMS graduates 32 in outdoor ceremony in Carbondale

Chad Spangler Post Independent

CARBONDALE, Colorado ” Every year, after a fresh crop of Colorado Rocky Mountain School seniors graduate, Laura McCormick hears the same thing from parents and relatives.

“Wow, what an incredibly poignant experience,” she said.

Surely Saturday morning was no exception.

It was then that the director of community relations and 1993 CRMS grad watched with a crowd as 32 CRMS students received their diplomas. In all, 11 Roaring Fork Valley teens became graduates, as did four from other parts of Colorado. There were 10 grads from out-of-state and seven who were international.

As is tradition, the ceremony was held outdoors, with Mount Sopris looming in the background.

Not surprisingly, the graduation wasn’t your average ceremony. It was a “no waste” affair, which used only recycled and biodegradable products. There was no valedictorian nor speakers from out of the area.

Student speakers included Dawn Hamilton and Zack Ramirez-Brunner. Humanities chair Amanda Leahy and outgoing blacksmithing instructor Gordo Stonington represented the faculty in words. Art teacher Judy Fox-Perry led the “charge” to the outgoing class.

Student musicians offered up songs from Bob Dylan, James Taylor and the Beatles. Brady Smith performed “Danny,” his own musical creation.

McCormick called this yearly rite of passage a “whole community event.” For one last time, students got to delight in their old school and the small town where they have lived so much life.

“It really is a time of reflection and a time for excitement,” she said, remembering her own CRMS grad experience. “And then here we are, here we go.”

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