Grand Valley graduates record number |

Grand Valley graduates record number

Kelley Cox Post Independent

PARACHUTE, Colorado – This weekend, a record number of grads took home diplomas from Grand Valley High School. In the years school secretary Barb Lenard has been at GVHS, she’s seen graduating classes hover in the 40s. This time, however, 64 Cardinals in caps and gowns officially said goodbye to the high school.”They just keep getting bigger every year,” Lenard said, of class sizes.

Altogether, the school now teaches about 360 teens, up nearly 100 students from years past, she went on. The outgoing seniors have been recognized over the last few days. On Friday, a ceremony was held for 15-20 students in the alternative high school program. On Saturday, graduates organized a baccalaureate event – a spiritual ceremony – hosted by former coach and teacher Jason Arthur.On Sunday morning, GVHS hosted a graduation ceremony for its traditional high school grads. Class historian Cody Miles, valedictorian Matthew Cain and salutatorian LaurenSchubert gave speeches, and former principal Larry Brady offered the keynote address. A soundtrack to the morning was provided by Kim Whalen (mother to a GVHS student), who played “Pomp and Circumstance” on piano. Amanda Gunter belted out the national anthem, while fellow senior Chantelle Cooper sang “A Moment Like This.”

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