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Seniors take next step, graduate today

Just because Hayden High School has a small senior class of 32 graduating seniors, it does not mean they are all best friends.

“But we are all connected in some way,” said Jess Martin, who will attend Mesa State College in Grand Junction this fall to pursue a nursing degree. “We’re dedicated, and most of us, when we go for something, we get what we want.”

Principal Troy Zabel agreed.

“There are a lot of outstanding independent minds in this senior class,” he said. “I think they’ll all be very successful.

School counselor Michelle Henderson described the class as a very dedicated group.

“They set their minds on something, and they do it as a class,” Henderson said.

Seniors spent the past week preparing for graduation at 2 p.m. today in the Hayden High School gym.

Kipp Rillos, the high school’s former business teacher who midyear took a teaching job in South Routt County, will be the guest speaker at graduation. The senior class requested he speak.

The valedictorian and salutatorian also will address the senior class.

Scholarships will be announced at commencement. Martin and Angela Geis already have been informed they are each receiving significant scholarships.

“They are both wonderful scholarships,” Henderson said.

Martin is the recipient of the Daniels Fund Scholarship. In addition to a laptop, the scholarship covers the cost of her education minus other scholarships she has received.

“It’s a huge scholarship that I’ve been working on forever,” Martin said. “It’s for people that want to accomplish things, but can’t because they can’t pay for it.”

Geis is the recipient of the Colorado Masonic Scholarship, a $7,000 scholarship renewable for four years.

The end of the school year at the high school would not be complete without at least one senior prank.

This year’s prank involved seniors stapling together about 1,000 water cups on the floor in the lobby.

Chairs were moved and balloons and confetti also were utilized.

“They got a little carried away with some things in the hallways, so I shut down senior pranks for the year,” Zabel said.