Valedictorian writes, sings Roaring Fork High School’s class song |

Valedictorian writes, sings Roaring Fork High School’s class song

Joelle Milholm
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Chad Spangler Post Independent

CARBONDALE, Colorado ” Back in December, Lucas Pulver began preparing for graduation. He observed his Roaring Fork High School classmates and pondered the meaning of graduation and the huge change that lies before him and the rest of the Class of 2008.

Then he compiled his findings into lyrics and added a beat to compose “Don’t Forget From Where You’ve Grown.” He wrote the song for his fellow graduating Rams and performed it for them, while playing the guitar and occasionally the harmonica, during Saturday’s ceremony in Roaring Fork’s gym.

“Over the year I was thinking about it, and then towards the end of the year when it was getting close to graduation, I started writing it,” Pulver said. “It kinda just captures the feeling of the day.”

His musical skills gave his classmates and the audience a glimpse into the talent of Pulver ” one of four valedictorians in the senior class. Pulver’s 4.0 GPA, song-writing abilities and artistic aptitude earned the graduate a Daniels Fund Scholarship. The award covers all academic costs at the college or university of Pulver’s choice ” which happens to be Seattle Pacific University. Pulver plans on continuing his music education at the university.

Lucas was just one of 54 Ram graduates on Saturday. He was also one of 24 scholarship recipients. Ranging from scholarships donated by local businesses to athletic ones given by colleges, the Roaring Fork graduates earned more than $700,000 in scholarship money.

“It is an excellent school,” Pulver said. “We have four valedictorians, and there is a lot of learning encouragement. It is a great place for education. No doubt.”

Lucas and his fellow valedictorians, Leslie French, Justin Marshall and Ann Tempest, got up with senior class president Rebecca Roeber to speak to their classmates ” who were the first class to graduate in the new building and gym at Roaring Fork High School ” before the diplomas were handed out. The five asked for some help from the rest of the graduates in completing their message. The seniors were asked to shout out verbs, nouns and adjectives to help fill in the blanks of their speech.

When the seniors were hesitant to speak up, Roeber comically reminded them that an adjective describes something. Then words came flying out of their mouths for an encouraging, and slightly unusual, speech, which drew laughs from the student body as well as the audience.

The humorous address gave way to the keynote speaker of the day ” Matt Hauptly.

Hauptly is a former Roaring Fork English teacher and head football coach who left the school three years ago to attend law school.

Even though Hauptly was with the graduates only when they were freshmen, he made a big enough impact on them for the students to want to invite him back to speak. Hauptly spoke to the class about embracing the constant change in the world and to be prepared when it surprises you.

As the ceremony came to a close, the Roaring Fork grads tossed their hats in the air and celebrated with their friends and family. Full of the wisdom they acquired during their four-year stay at the school, they appeared ready for all the changes that are soon coming their way.

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