It was a warm and sunny on Sunday, May 6 for the Arapahoe High School Class of 2018 commencement exercise. The Class of 2018 chose the motto “You have to think anyway, so why not think big?” by Donald Trump. Their class flower was a white Gerber Daisy with blue tips and the class colors chosen were royal blue and white.
The senior class officers are President Melonie Meyers. Vice President Spencer Watson and Secretary/Treasurer Morgan Deisley. Student Council representatives are Alayna Whipple and Noah Koller. Ushers from the Class of 2019 were Hannah Jenkins, Desteny Miller, Hunter Swanson and Branigan Schaben. Processional leaders with high academic honors from the Class of 2019 were Mariah Watson and Olivia Leising. Senior class sponsers were Preston Blackmore, Joanna Pruitt, Glenna Hoefs and Senja Stephens. The Arapahoe High School band, led by director Valarie Leising, performed a series of songs during the prelude and processional. Arapahoe Public School principal, Bob Braithwait, welcomed guests and the senior class to the ceremony and noted what a wonderful experience it has been watching the class. Braithwait recognized foreign exchange students Rezi Khalvashi and Fryderyk Sitnik for their year in Arapahoe. Braithwait also wished the Class of 2018 best of luck in their futures and is very proud of all them. He noted that few students had obstacles to overcome to arrive on this day and he is sure that the students will be successful and reminded the class they are always free to visit.
Braithwait welcomed salutatorian, Alayna Whipple, for her address. Whipple started her speech by saying “high school is a piece of cake” and then went on to explain all the difficult things that high school entails. For example, early morning practices, late night musical practices, school classes, and the lunch line. Whipple went on to describe high school as an adventure full of ups and downs and every part of it makes them who they are. A quote she has held close to her heart is “When it’s tough, that’s when you’re getting stronger.” To her, every struggle can be a blessing in disguise but in spite of it all, it’s a beautiful life.
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