Steamboat Springs High School seniors Charlotte Letson, left, and Jaime Winter talk about the upcoming school year Monday during the first day of school.

Photo by Matt Stensland

Steamboat Springs High School seniors Charlotte Letson, left, and Jaime Winter talk about the upcoming school year Monday during the first day of school.

Steamboat Class of 2010 sets sail

Opinions mixed among senior Sailors on 1st day of school



First Day

Steamboat Springs students headed back to the classroom Monday.

Steamboat Springs students headed back to the classroom Monday.


First-grader Anndon Farrell heads to class at Soda Creek Elementary School along with her brother, Dublin, to Anndon's right, and mom, Amy. Anndon is starting first grade, but Dublin was there to drop off his older sister before heading to preschool.


Anndon Farrell holds her brother Dublin's hand as the pair heads into Soda Creek Elementary School on Monday morning for the first day of school.

— Kyle Swoyer woke up in a panic at 7:45 a.m. Monday, and a thought immediately crossed her mind.

"I'm late for school!" the senior recalled thinking as she rushed to get ready.

When the bell rang at 8:20 a.m., the return to school for the Steamboat Springs High School Class of 2010 was met with hesitation by some. Others relished their roles as leaders of the school, while some just didn't want to be there.

But one thought was shared among the seniors: It was their last year of high school.

Most seemed ready to sprint through the 2009-10 academic year with thoughts of what lies ahead - college and the prospects of getting out of Steamboat.

After spending part of her summer on a school trip in Spain, Caitlin Lucas said she was excited there were only nine more months of high school.

"We're so close," she said.

Jaime Winter said it was kind of weird being the oldest in the school but kind of cool. That still didn't change how she felt about starting school.

"I'm not excited to be back at school," she said. "It's exciting to be seniors knowing that the sooner we start, the sooner we graduate."

Charlotte Letson said she wasn't looking forward to the homework and having to wake up early. Drew Ruff said it also dawned on him after waking up Monday morning that it was the first day of school, something that he wasn't looking forward to.

"I had senioritis for most of last year as a junior," he said. "This is doubly bad right now."

Despite the lack of excitement from some seniors, Principal Kevin Taulman said he expects great things from the senior class. But that's no different from any other year, he said.

"I always have high expectations for the senior class," Taulman said. "They always set the tone for the school. They define what kind of year it's going to be."

The Class of 2010 of 163 students dwarfs last year's graduating glass of 127. Taulman said the high school's overall enrollment had increased by 40 students.

Not every senior was disappointed it was the first day of school. Some took the opportunity to see the positives and how they could leave their marks on Steamboat Springs High School. One such student was Hanna Kurowski.

"I'm looking forward to being the upperclassman, and being a role model for all the kids," she said.

Tom Lotz took a more philosophical approach to starting the year. He said it was a time to reflect before he spends every other weekend during the first quarter of the year traveling to different colleges across the country.

"Finally, we can look back at our high school experience, look back over high school and embrace everything," Lotz said.

And there also was a somber tone to the day. "It's kind of sad because it's the last first day of high school," Swoyer said.


Kevin Nerney 7 years, 8 months ago

Enjoy it while you can. You should relish every minute because time goes by so fast. As the song says "don't blink", one day you're in High School and the next you're 40 years old and every joint in your body aches when you get out of bed. I'd go back to high school in a heartbeat.


bandmama 7 years, 8 months ago

LOL!!!! Oh yes, the days when lunch consisted of chips, soda and chocolate......from the "maggot wagon" no less and we never gained a pound...................


trump_suit 7 years, 8 months ago

Problem is Kevin, you have to go back to the knowledge and wealth of a highschooler LOL.... What you really want is your current level of Maturity and wealth with that 20 year old physique :))


TWill 7 years, 8 months ago

Sorry you got beat up in HS windy. There are therapy groups you can still talk to if that would help.

Did you really concede to having a not-beautiful wife?


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