Steamboat Springs Two Christian Heritage High School students received diplomas in a ceremony on Sunday, while a third graduate who is on a mission in Nepal addressed the audience by videotape.
Meredith Geldmeier and Noelle Jordan were handed diplomas at the Christian Heritage School, while Megan Rogers, who received her diploma last semester, participated in the ceremony by video.
The three young women were the only graduates of the school this year, which has about 125 students enrolled. Each of the graduates appeared to have taken advantage of the small class size, when looking at their accomplishments.
Geldmeier earned a 4.5 grade-point average through her high school career, which is the highest average a Christian Heritage School student has ever achieved.
Geldmeier also was the editor of the yearbook for three years, and sang in the girls' ensemble, Heartsong.
Jordan also is an honor roll student and has been the class president for the last three years. She is the founding member of Heartsong and is an accomplished vocalist.
Like her classmates, Rogers also was a top student, being named a salutatorian. She was instrumental in starting the mentoring program in the school and participated in numerous extra curricular activities.
Last semester Rogers earned enough credits to graduate early.
She then went to Kona, Hawaii to attend discipleship training school. Currently, she is on a two-month mission in Nepal.
A modest crowd of family, friends, students and teachers filled the Christian Heritage School to celebrate the graduates' achievements.
"We've been together through numerous changes in our lives," Jordan said of her fellow grads during her class president's address.
After accepting her valedictorian honor, Geldmeier said Jordan and her had counted 15 different people they had in their classes through the years, and now there are only three graduating.
"I wonder what we did to scare them off?" she joked.
Principal Jim Mitchell was the keynote speaker during the ceremony. Mitchell congratulated the graduates on their successes and for their devotion to God. He urged the young women to work harder when they move to the next step, both academically and religiously, because challenges will present themselves.
"They will require you to continue to grow as you walk with the Lord," he said.
Mitchell sited a study of college students that showed half the students who acknowledged that they were "reborn" when they enrolled in college said they weren't reborn Christians when they graduated.