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Scholarships presented, tassels turned Sunday for 17 AHS seniors

DSC_5243Seventeen Seniors from Arapahoe High School Class of 2015, received their diplomas during Sunday’s commencement exercises, May 17.

The senior class chose “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get” from the movie “Forrest Gump” as their class motto.

The seniors wore the traditional black cap and gowns adorned with stoles in the class color of turquoise; the ladies carried the class flower of a silver-tipped white carnation.

The Arapahoe High School band directed by Valerie Leising played a prelude of various songs for the audience. The band performed the traditional “Pomp and Circumstance” for the processional. Junior class honor ushers Ashton Wasenius and Levi Watson led the processional.  Other junior ushers included Clare Anderson, Morgan Curren, Mirandah Schaben, and Olivia tenBensel.

Daren Hatch, secondary Principal, welcomed the class, friends and family to the celebration. He introduced salutatorian Jaclyn Stagemeyer. Stagemeyer said she hoped her speech class would be remembered as “The class of divergence.”

Stagemeyer defined divergent as tending to be different or develop in different directions. She said “Now those of you who have read the book or seen the movie “Divergent” all know that being different is considered dangerous. When I first saw the movie, it reminded me a lot of our world today. People tend to group you in categories and see you in one way. But we are all so much more than that. So don’t be afraid to be different. Because truth be told ordinary is just too boring.”

Stagemeyer told a few instances from her class of those classmates who were far from boring; and gave examples of all of the activities in which her classmates were involved.

She ended her address by telling the class of 2015 “This is our chance to start over, and we get the choice of who we want to become. But no matter who you choose to be, make sure you stand for something great.”

The concert choir performed “Unwritten” composed by Natasha Bedingfield with solos performed by seniors Savannah Schaben, Audrey Breinig, and Jaclyn Stagemeyer.

The class valedictorian was Savannah Schaben.  In her address, she asked the question “Are we ready?”

She wondered if the graduating seniors were ready to venture out on their own to start lives in the real world. She said “As I look out at everyone here today: mothers, fathers, friends, family, and classmates, I can answer that question “Are we ready” with confidence. It is time for us to make our own paths and we are ready. “

Schaben concluded her speech by reading the poem by Edgar A. Guest entitled “See it Through.”

After the Senior Spotlight photo presentation, the seniors presented Gerbera daisies to their parents and loved ones.

Guidance Counselor Katie Wenz presented the scholarship awards to 13 members of the senior class.

School Superintendent Charles Curnyn and Board of Education president Todd Watson presented diplomas to the senior class: Audrey Noelle Breinig, Jordan Alan Crosley, Collin Cole Frink, Ashley Lynn Groves. Aaron Christian Harker, Amber Nicole Harker, Junior Lane Hilker, Brennan Todd Koller, Elizabeth Ann Peterson, Brandon Charles Pruitt, Bailey Christine Pruitt, Savannah Rose Schaben, Jaclyn Marie Stagemeyer, Preston Harley Stonerook, Zackari Tyler Wadleigh, Tyrea Gail Warner, and Kaylea Irene Watson.

After the class was conferred as graduates and ceremonially changed their tassels from right to left, they recessed to the song “Life is a Highway” by Chris LeDoux.

Register for summer reading program

“I believe there is a hero in all of us; that keeps us honest, gives us strength, makes us noble, and finally allows us to die with pride. Even though sometimes we have to be steady, and give up the thing we want most. Even our dreams,” Aunt May’s character from the movie Spider Man 2. Not all heroes wear capes and can leap tall buildings in a single bound. Some heroes wear combat boots, stand in front of class rooms or respond to calls in the middle of the night.

Every Hero Has a Story is this year’s theme for the Arapahoe Public Library’s summer reading program that begins June 1st. This is a free program for kids ages three and up. Children of all abilities are welcome. Kids who participate in reading programs are more likely to retain the valuable reading and comprehension skills that they’ve learned in school. Each week the participants will play games, meet heroes in our community, create crafts and of course, read. At the end of the program, kids will have created their own super-hero persona, complete with costume and back story.

Children and parents can also participate in Bedtime Math’s Summer of Numbers. The “summer slide” is even more severe with math than reading. Along with their reading logs, kids will also receive a summer math chart that encourages kids and parents to complete math problems for a prize.

Teens and adults will also have their own program this year. Please visit the Arapahoe Public Library  for more details or watch for the bat signal.

Assemble at the library for summer reading and find your inner hero! Phone booth optional.


  1. I hunted pheasant in the Arapaho area in 1972 for 4 days.

    We were there from Ohio ( 6 of us ) the motels were all full and we were eating at a restaurant and some local residents named Hockemyer overheard us talking about not having a place to stay near the town. They invited us to stay at their house which if I recalled was south of the main business district. They were an older couple and just so friendly – the mom cooked us breakfast and dinner they asked for 10.00 per day per man which was more that fair at the time. I have often thought about them.

    Bill T Parma Ohio


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