High school graduate Shane McLean hugs Margi Missling-Root, director of experiential education, during ceremonies Friday at The Lowell Whiteman School.

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High school graduate Shane McLean hugs Margi Missling-Root, director of experiential education, during ceremonies Friday at The Lowell Whiteman School.

Whiteman seniors sent off with praise, $1.8 million in scholarships

24 graduates told to take their friends along for the journey

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Sarah Allan, left, Haley Buchner, Christine Wolfe, Gereon Kanders, Hunter Thompson, Anissa Corser and Shane McLean react Friday as a member of the faculty recalls Buchner's high school years during graduation ceremonies at The Lowell Whiteman School.

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Joanne “Doc” Lasko congratulates Hunter Thompson, who received his diploma during ceremonies Friday at The Lowell Whiteman School.

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With a high school diploma from The Lowell Whiteman School in hand, Anissa Corser is off to study opera at Bucknell University.

— Before The Lowell Whiteman School Class of 2010 graduates were handed diplomas Friday, per tradition, a faculty member of their choosing gave a brief speech about each one.

Some of the speeches conveyed heartfelt sentiments. There were stories about student growth, academic achievement, athletic glory and memorable adventures in foreign lands. Others conveyed humorous anecdotes from the seniors’ time at Whiteman.

But each of the speeches about the 24 graduates was unique.

English teacher Sarah Hoff­man called Clare Southworth a “magical genius.” Science teacher Gina Wither compared Chloe Banning to Wonder Wo­man. Technology Director Tren­ia Sanford repeatedly mentioned the “Kon-randomness” of Konrad Becker.

Wither also gave a speech about Molly Newman, who was given this year’s Whiteman Head of School award. The award honors students who engage in Whiteman’s opportunities while facing its challenges and providing leadership for the school and its students.

Wither mentioned Newman’s academic performance and her athletic achievements; she will join the University of New Hampshire’s Nordic ski team next year. But Wither focused more on Newman’s character, calling her the “princess of polite.” Wither joked about Newman hosting meetings of Steamboat’s “etiquette elite.”

The ceremony began with the Class of 2010 entering the Dariel Henderson Gymnasium, which was crowded with hundreds of the graduates’ family and friends, to the tune of 1982 chart-topper “Electric Avenue.”

Head of School Walt Daub honored the 16 members of the Class of 2010 who spent all four of their high school years at Whiteman. He congratulated the class for earning more than $1.8 million in scholarships for their four-year college educations. It was a number Daub had to repeat.

Of the 24 graduates, a student from Germany plans to attend college in the Netherlands, two will go to Colorado Mountain College’s Alpine Campus and 18 will attend four-year colleges or universities. Three have deferred their college plans for at least a year to pursue their skiing careers.

Commencement speaker Em­­iko Torito, a 10-year member of the U.S. Ski Team who graduated from Whiteman in 2000, spoke about the school’s academics, its competitive ski and snowboard program and its foreign travel program. But what she focused on were the friendships the students gained through those pursuits.

She told the graduates that their most important lessons wouldn’t come from their accomplishments, but rather from their setbacks. She encouraged them to continue moving forward and to take their friends along for the journey.

“No matter what happens; no matter the fear, the risks, the setbacks and the heartbreaks, just keep going,” Torito said. “Resilience and courage are qualities that all successful, happy people share. … Remember all the while you’ve got friends ahead of you, friends at your back and the whole world at your feet.”

This year’s ceremony was held in honor of 2009 White­man graduate Lucy Causley, who died in a January house fire in Gunnison where she was attending Western State College. Near the beginning of the ceremony, Daub asked the audience to observe a moment of silence in Causely’s memory.

Whiteman Board of Trustees Chairwoman Nancy Ventrudo recognized Daub and math teacher Joe Roberts, who are retiring this year. Roberts leaves the school after 42 years, and Daub is stepping down after leading the school for the past dozen years.

To honor Daub’s leadership and success, Ventrudo said the Board of Trustees chose to name the common area in the new boys dorm, which will open in the fall, Daub Lounge.

After the ceremony, Daub said members of the class were especially compassionate, sensitive and supportive of each other, Steamboat and the community’s ideals. Daub said friends have told him in the past week that the Class of 2010 was a great one to go out with.

“I couldn’t agree more,” he said.

College choices

Sarah Allan*, University of Colorado, Denver

Chloe Banning*, Colorado College

Konrad Becker, Colorado Mountain College

Phillip Bishop*, Colorado Mountain College

Haley Buchner, University of Colorado at Boulder

Anissa Corser*, Bucknell University

Brant Crossan*, Montana State University

Hannah Fishman*, Mesa State College

Willow Fitzgerald*, Bard College

Matthias Fostvedt*, University of San Diego

Victoria Gorham, Saint Michael’s College

Robert Hardy*, University of Denver

Christopher Hill*, Western State College

Gereon Kanders, Attending college in the Netherlands

Anna Marno*, U.S. Ski Team

Mackenzie Marshall, University of Puget Sound

Shane McLean*, University of Denver

Taylor Miller, University of Wyoming

Katherine “Betsy” Neal, Middlebury College

Molly Newman*, University of New Hampshire

Clare Southworth*, Lewis & Clark College

Dylan Thomas, Northern Arizona University

Hunter Thompson*, Colorado State University

Christine Wolfe*, Harvard University

*Four-year senior

Deferring college to pursue skiing careers

Local scholarships

Chloe Banning

Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. $2,000

Anissa Corser

Eleanor Bliss Scholarship $500

Molly Newman

Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. $2,000

Steamboat Springs Volunteer Firemen’s Fund $1,500

Doak Walker Memorial Fund $1,500

Student awards

English: Christine Wolfe*

Math: Christine Wolfe*

Physical Science: Sadie Grossbaum

Life Sciences: Chloe Banning*

Geography: Betsy Neal*

History: Robert Hardy*

French: Charlie Lakin

Spanish: Anissa Corser*

Technology: Brian Alsberg

Visual Arts: Chloe Banning*

Film: Taylor Miller*

Head of School: Molly Newman*

Community Service Award: Anissa Corser*

CU Outstanding Junior: Charlie Von Thaden

Residential Student: Madison Marshall

Competitive Ski/Snowboard: Molly Newman*

Friend to All: Maria Hillenbrand

Dean of Students: Anissa Corser*

Foreign Travel: Bolivia group

Out of the Box: Christopher Hill*

Academic Dean: Mackenzie Marshall*

Colorado School of Mines: Michael DeGrandis

*Senior

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