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IHS celebrates graduates’ achievements
5/25/2007 By: Sarah Silvernail
On Saturday, Ignacio High School held its 53rd annual commencement. Family and friends of the 42 graduates filled the Ignacio High School gymnasium to celebrate the graduates’ accomplishments, reminisce and hear words of wisdom.
Guest speaker Betty Box began the ceremonies, “Blessed Bobcats it is a great honor to stand before you and give you words of wisdom. I want to tell each one of you, from the bottom of my heart, that I am proud of you and all you have achieved. Remember where you come from and never let negative words stop you…. I ask Grandfather to lead your footprints…to harmony and success.”
Co-valedictorian Julia Thomson added to Box’s advice with some of her own, which she found throughout the yellow pages of the phone book.
“There’s such a variety of advice in the yellow pages. For example ‘All I ever needed to know I learned in Kindergarten’ [which is] where we learned not to cut in line, to share and the building blocks of math...”
In conclusion Thomson told her fellow graduates, “We are all capable of achieving all we want and beyond.”
The Ignacio graduates have made numerous achievements, already being awarded a combined $15,000 in scholarships. Among the scholarship winners were Babe Lansing who was awarded, in addition to two other scholarships, the Gerald Howe Scholarship; Cody Haga, the 2007 National High School Salutatorian, earned four scholarships, including the Adams State Candalaria-Floyd Scholarship, which will help with his college expenses when he attends Adams State. The other scholarship recipients were Kaylee Cuthair, Juan Guzman, Catalina Herrera, Chris Johnson, Derek Rodriguez and Anthony Salvo, who alone received five scholarships totaling $6,150.
“We’re moving on to bigger and better things,” Alex Lande, co-valedictorian said, summing up the emotions of his fellow graduates. “We’re growing up whether we like it or not.”