|6/11/2014 10:40:00 PM|
CHS class of 2014
shoots for the stars
|Mirror photo by Matt Baide|
Frank Phelps (right) announces the name of his daughter, Abby Phelps, before she walks to receive her high school diploma at Chelan High School’s graduation last Friday, June 6.
There are no more Monday's for the Chelan High School class of 2014.
Chelan sent off the senior class last Friday, in the CHS gym, with the message to the class being clear: the dreams of this class are easily reachable. The class was awarded more than $2 million in scholarships, which is the most money ever awarded to a class at CHS.
The ceremony was conducted by classmate Apolinar Blanco. Valedictorian Sarah Kunkel gave her speech first, comparing the class to Lord of the Rings.
"We are Frodo," Kunkel said. "We have been on a journey for 13 years to throw the ring into the fire...I am beyond honored to be with this incredible class of Frodo's."
Salutatorian Etta Godwin said that each member of the 2014 class tried to leave their mark on the school and strive to have their names rememberd on the walls of the school.
"To the parents, it is time to let us go," Godwin said. "You need to push us into the ocean so we can learn to swim on our own."
The class of 2014 selected a staff member to speak for the class, which was CHS Principal Barry DePaoli.
"There are no more Monday's for you," DePaoli said.
DePaoli said he was proud of the class and he has seen the class grow throughout their years at CHS. He spoke about his many memories of the class and the many accolades the class has received throughout their time at CHS. DePaoli said that when he thought of the class motto, he said it made him think of Russell Wilson, which he related to the dreams of the class of 2014.
"There is nothing more strange or powerful than a dream," DePaoli said.
Dalia Hernandez delivered her speech entirely in Spanish.
Senior class president Asa Schwartz spoke to the successes of the 2014 class in and out of the classroom.
"This class is filled with superstars and the desire to succeed," Schwartz said. "Long live the class of 2014."
Both DePaoli and Chelan Schools Superintendent Rob Manahan certified the class, with Manahan sharing some words of advice to the class.
"There will be ups and downs, but remain grateful in your post-high-school journey," Manahan said.
For the class of 2014, there is only one thing that can hold them back from achieving their goals in life, which is not pursuing them.
Matt Baide can be reached at 509-682-2213 or by email
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