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Steamboat Mountain School honors 10 graduates

— The learning did not stop on graduation day Saturday at Steamboat Mountain School.

2003 graduate Kyle Ewing delivered the commencement address to the private school's 10 graduates. In parting, he gave the students a small piece of advice to help them excel in their adult lives, both personally and professionally.

Ewing called it the 30-second update. When someone asks you how you have been, he said, be prepared to say something more interesting than a one-word answer. For example, talk about a recent accomplishment, what you are working on and what you are looking forward to.

The Steamboat Mountain School graduation is always a quaint ceremony, with the school's teachers delivering personalized speeches about each of the graduates and their unique interests.

Evan Bearnarth will be attending the University of Colorado to study physics.

"Discover the things that live among the mysteries of our universe," teacher Margi Missling Root advised Bearnarth.

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Meg Morse, the head of school, spoke highly of graduate Madeline Craig-Scheckman, who grew up in Steamboat and will attend the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University.

Morse said she would pick Craig-Scheckman to be her partner in the reality show “The Amazing Race.”

"Take a brief hiatus from saving the world so we can run ‘The Amazing Race’ together," Morse said.

Craig-Scheckman received the Senior Scholar award. Throughout her four years at the school, she took a full course load and maintained a 4.0 grade point average. She can speak Spanish and Mandarin, and still found time to enjoy skiing, hockey, art, music and travel.

The Lowell Whiteman Award went to Siena Podgorny, who will study at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington.

"She dreams big and has the potential to save the world," Morse said.

The Head of School award went to Noak Zedeck, who will study at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.

Zedeck delivered the class address.

"What I'm most proud of is my decision to come here in the first place," Zedeck said.

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