They did it, and they are on their way after graduation ceremonies May 24.
The Cedaredge High School Class of 2013 took a step into the world where solid plans backed by personal resourcefulness and commitment of character are key elements of success.
Class valedictorian Rachael Latta encouraged her classmates to make the most of both challenges and opportunities that come their way in life. Keying on the Latin phrase "carpe diem" (seize the day), she pointed to successes of the school's championship band and football team to show that success is within reach of those who strive to attain it.
Rachael quoted verses from the Bible in her valedictory address and credited her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for helping her achieve success.
Salutatorian Carter Stoudt reminded his classmates that the world does not revolve around individuals. To the members of a generation which widely equates "fame" with "success," Stoudt said that actual achievement is the key, and he admonished the Class of 2013 to "go out and make yourself someone special."
As this year's graduating class now leaves the cloistered world of friends and supportive adults all around, they move into a bigger world, somewhat less supportive and forgiving than the one they have always known. But their record of high success indicates a promising future.
Of the 53 graduates named in the Class of 2013, over one-third of them (18) have already completed college- level coursework during high school.
Almost one-fourth of the class members (12) are members of National Honor Society. And over one-fourth of them (14) achieved grade point averages of 3.5 or higher.
Scholarships and financial assistance awards for help in continuing future education are a strong indicator for future success, and the Class of 2013 showed high achievement in this category also. Eighteen graduates qualified for total financial awards in excess of $165,000. In addition, 14 members of the class received perfect attendance prizes during their high school years totaling another $2,200.
Those local organizations and individuals named as contributors to the Class of 2013's future education included Delta County Coordinating Council, Cedaredge Booster Club, Cedaredge Rotary Club, Tom Alter, Right Sizers Emma Cox Fund, DCMH Volunteers, First Colorado National Bank, Delta County Livestock Association, Ensley Memorial, Steward/Watson/Wheeler Scholarship, Colorado Mesa University, Western State Colorado University, Cedaredge National Honor Society, First National Bank of Colorado, Delta County Democratic Party, Spruce Chapter #109 Order of Eastern Star, Bryan Sandham Memorial, Cedar Mesa Community Club, Dave Spitzer Memorial, Arlo Cox Family, Delta County Federal Credit Union, Deer Creek Village Homeowners, Eckert Presbyterian Church, Surface Creek Valley Lions Club, Elberta Rebekah Lodge #106, Zeta Omicron ESA, Cedaredge FFA Alumni Association,
Delta Elk's Lodge #1235, DMEA, Cedaredge Masonic Lodge, Kay Armstrong Memorial, Western Slope Horticultural Society, and Jordan Fredde Memorial.
In addition, regional, state, and national organizations singled out CHS graduates for financial awards in education based on achievement.blog comments powered by Disqus