Sixty-six students crossed the stage and tossed their caps at the Middle Park High School class of 2014 graduation on Saturday, May 31.
“Much like an oak tree, our class is, shall we say, unique,” said student Cody Charland, during the valedictory address. “We represent a combination of charismatic individuals with several distinct personalities spread out amongst the branches.”
This year’s class had 10 valedictorians.
“While the branches in our class may vary, and many of us may move on to other parts of the world, our roots will remain firmly embedded in Grand County,” said Danielle Keen, also a valedictorian
During the address, the class valedictorians paid their respects to former classmate Lindsay Taylor Delphia, passed away in January of 2011.
“In the blink of an eye everything can change,” Charland said. “Life is going to throw situations at you that make you feel like your world is turning upside down, but if there’s anything that Lindsey taught us, it’s to love unconditionally and treat others with kindness and respect. But most importantly, she taught me to be in love with life. Every single minute of it.”
Following the valedictory address, Abby Loberg, an 8th grade teacher at East Grand Middle School and the 2014 commencement speaker, imparted the class with a few words of wisdom.
“Try something, make a mistake, think about that mistake, learn from that mistake,” Loberg said. “And hopefully, hopefully, you won’t make the same mistake again. That is how we gain wisdom.”
The school choir performed their rendition of “Wanting Memories,” by Ysaye Barnwell, before senior Elizabeth O’Connell presented the class video, which included pictures taken from school and class trips.
School Board president Taunia Shipman and superintendent Jody Mimmack then presented the seniors with their diplomas.
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“In the blink of an eye everything can change. Life is going to throw situations at you that make you feel like your world is turning upside down, but if there’s anything that Lindsey taught us, it’s to love unconditionally.”
Middle Park High valedictorian