Graduations aplenty today for Roaring Fork School District schools |

Graduations aplenty today for Roaring Fork School District schools

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — More than 83 percent of seniors who will be graduating from three Roaring Fork School District high schools today are planning to go on to college. And, some $3 million in scholarships will be backing their pursuit of a higher education.

Those are among the statistics and other celebratory acknowledgements that will be touted today, as high school graduation ceremonies continue throughout the Roaring Fork District Re-1 communities of Glenwood Springs, Carbondale and Basalt.

The day’s festivities begin at 10 a.m. for Glenwood Springs High School, taking place outside on Stubler Memorial Field where 182 graduating seniors will turn their tassels.

Following at 1 p.m. will be commencement exercises for 73 graduates at Basalt High School, and at 4 p.m. for 65 members of the Class of 2013 at Roaring Fork High School in Carbondale. The alternative Bridges High School had its graduation ceremony Friday afternoon in Carbondale.

GSHS, the largest of the four district high schools, has five valedictorians this year who will give a send-off address to their fellow classmates. They are Diana Banks, Pablo Gorra, Kayla Kine, Cora Lubchenco and Lily Thorsen.

The keynote commencement address will be given by former GSHS principal, teacher and longtime Glenwood Springs resident Mike Wells.

According to GSHS Assistant Principal Gayla Rowe, 65 percent of this year’s graduates are planning to attend a four-year college or university, while 20 percent are headed for a two-year college. Another 3 percent of the graduating class is planning to join the military.

A total of $107,150 in local scholarships will be awarded to this year’s GSHS graduates, in addition to $652,000 worth of first-year merit-based and athletic scholarships from various colleges and universities, Rowe said.

Meanwhile, included among Roaring Fork High’s graduating class are co-valedictorians Georgia Ackerman, Emily Eason, Taylor Adams and Madison Handy.

Class president Hattie Gianinetti will join in giving the traditional send-off to her fellow classmates. This year’s RFHS commencement speaker is Adam Carballeira, who teaches English and journalism at the Carbondale school.

According to RFHS Assistant Principal Barbara Mason, 77 percent of this year’s graduating class are planning to attend college. A total of $88,000 in local scholarships and more than $1.3 million worth of merit-based and athletic college scholarships are being awarded to this year’s graduates, she said.

Basalt High School’s valedictorian this year is Rebecca Holland, and the class salutatorian is Lindsay Corzine.

Senior speaker Cesar Lemus will give a farewell address to his fellow classmates, and the commencement address will be given by BHS science teacher Mark Duff.

A full 89 percent of the BHS graduating class is college-bound, and one graduate is slated to join the military, according to BHS Assistant Principal Adriana Hire.

“We have students joining Ivy League colleges and various private colleges all over the country, from North Carolina to California,” Hire said.

A total of $207,915 in local scholarships will be awarded to this year’s Basalt graduates. A dollar amount for scholarships awarded by colleges and universities was not immediately available Friday.

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