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New face at the helm of GVHS

Life is all about change; those changes propel one forward to the next challenge. The challenge is to make the best of what those changes bring you. The graduating class of 2006 will face many changes and challenges as they move into young adulthood and the promise of a bright future. Waiting in the wings, the future graduates of Grand Valley High School are all anxious to leave their mark in their own unique way.The class of 2006 will make its final official appearance at GVHS on May 27. On that day, 39 students will receive their high school diplomas. The class of 2006 is one of the largest classes to graduate from Grand Valley High School. Graduation ceremonies get under way at 10 a.m. When students return to school in the fall, a familiar face will be gone from the halls of GVHS. Principal Larry Brady has accepted a job with the Re-2 school district in Rifle. New to Grand Valley High School and District 16 will be Ryan Frink. Frink was recently named as the new principal for GVHS. While Frink may be new to GVHS, he is not new to the high school world. For the past five years he has been helping students understand variables and exponents as a math teacher at Mountain View High School in Loveland.Frink graduated from Colorado State University with an engineering degree. After graduation from CSU, Frink worked for Limelight Technology as vice president of new business development and for Schmid Engineering as a junior engineer. He earned his masters in administration from the University of Phoenix.While working as an engineer, Frink always felt like there was something missing in his life. After a lot of thought he realized that he wanted to be involved with kids. Having a mother who is a principal, he knew how rewarding education could be. With an idea in place he received his Emergency Teaching Certificate and began his career as a classroom teacher.A Colorado native, Frink grew up on a pig farm in Berthoud. It was the idea of returning to a small town that drew Frink to Parachute. “I wanted to be able to raise my kids in the same kind of small-town atmosphere that I grew up in. I’m excited about working in a small school and look forward to building a strong relationship with the students and community.”Frink is married to his college sweetheart, Leah, and they have two children, 3-year-old Caleb and 18-month-old Hannah. Sandy Hanson is the public information director for Garfield County School District 16 and can be reached at 285-5701 or

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