The Cedaredge High School Class of 2017 officially graduated 62 class members during commencement ceremonies at the school on Sunday afternoon.
Two of the 62 class members listed on the official program were designated as honorary graduates.
The class of 2017 was a class of academic achievement. Fully a fourth of the class members earned grade point averages of 3.5 or better during their high school careers, and as many were noted as members of National Honor Society. More than half of the graduates had taken college courses during high school.
This year's class had four valedictorians, all with grade point averages over 4.0.
Megan Toothaker will continue her education at Colorado School of Mines, as also will valedictorians Colter Wagner and Tré LaBossiere. Valedictorian Daniel Roberts earned a scholarship to attend Ohio State University.
In her address, Toothaker told the gym full of students, parents, and guests that four years ago when entering CHS as a freshman her dad said he would buy her a car if she became her class valedictorian. "Well, I don't know if you meant that, Dad, but I want a car," she said. Noting life experiences, she admitted that everyone fails; but, the experience can make one stronger.
Roberts reminded his classmates of their many victories and defeats during school years. He added that overcoming adversity makes one stronger.
Wagner expressed thanks to his parents especially for support through the "very, very confusing years" of early education. He called on classmates to think of the 894,480 minutes of time they have invested in their educations and reminded them that "from now on, we are responsible for the time we have."
LaBossiere thanked "My Lord and Savior Jesus Christ" for his success, and his family and teachers for their help. Drawing inspiration from Lou Gehrig's famous farewell address, he echoed the famous New York Yankee and encouraged classmates saying, "We have an awful lot to live for."