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What: Steamboat Springs High School commencement

When: 2 p.m. Saturday

Where: Steamboat Springs High School, 45 E. Maple St.

— Steamboat Springs High School salutatorian Kristin Toy says the past four years have been a blur.

"It went by really fast," she said.

Toy, along with 126 of her closest friends, will graduate from Steamboat Springs High School at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Karen Campbell, the high school's office manager, said this year's graduation will be similar to those in the past and will include a traditional processional, speeches from students and educators and the senior slide show.

"I think people get very excited when the graduates walk in because they come in above the (gymnasium) floor and walk around the track before coming down," she said. "It gives them an opportunity to parade in front of their families."

Campbell said the high school's class officers were instrumental in planning the graduation and decided who to bring in as their commencement speaker.

The class officers selected Kevin Ford, who was a science and track coach in middle school and has since retired from the district.

The class officers also chose to sing a song during the ceremony that they sang at their eighth-grade graduation from Steamboat Springs Middle School.

Incorporating the past with the present will be a popular theme Saturday.

Toy said her graduation speech, along with valedictorian Max Pensack's speech, will highlight the memories the seniors have made during their years together.

"Max is talking about the past, and I'll be talking about the future," she said. "This is a really big event for us because it's the next step in our lives."

Saturday's graduation also will feature a senior slide show, which is the graduates' favorite part, Campbell said.

"We have two students who have worked tirelessly to create a slide show of their senior and baby pictures, as well as pictures of the friends they've made," she said. "They love it."

While graduation begins at 2 p.m. Saturday, there is a baccalaureate at 12:30 p.m. that graduates, families and friends are invited to attend. The entire ceremony is expected to last about two hours.

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