For the 14th time in school history, ThunderRidge students will be throwing their caps in the air in celebration when the graduating Grizzlies take to Sports Authority Stadium May 24 in Parker just hours after sunrise.
With confidence in a bright future ahead for each and every one of them, Principal Carole Jennings proudly exclaimed that “as evidenced through the capstone senior project,” the school “is graduating 469 outstanding leaders and innovators who are ready to contribute to our global society.”
The capstone project, a graduation requirement, pushes the educational boundaries for each of the students, who after selecting an area of study spend a minimum of 15 hours of documented out-of class research, conduct a written report and give an oral presentation before a board of teachers, parents and community members.
The Class of 2013, which boasts three National Merit Finalists and one Daniels Fund Scholarship Program recipient, will be represented in the fall at such institutions as the Air Force Academy, Gonzaga, BYU, Lewis and Clark College, the University of Rochester, Hawaii Pacific and the University of Oregon as well as a host of others.
In addition to a strong example set in the classroom for future classes to follow, the ThunderRidge Class of 2013 left their mark in the school trophy case as well with a slew of league championship trophies and memories of a number of student-athletes who participated at state meets in their respective sport. The Grizzly football team also made it to the Class 5A state semifinals this year.
TRHS Class of 2013 fast facts:
Commencement: 9 a.m. May 24 at Sports Authority Stadium in Parker
Total Enrollment: 1,915
Graduating Class Size: 469
Senior Class Officers: Student Body President: Nikaela Hemminger; Student Body Vice President: Cady Gorhum; Senior Class President: Bradley Blackman; Senior Class Vice President: Nathan Larkin
Class Song: “Home” by Phillip Phillips
Class Motto: “The moment may be temporary but the memory is forever” – Bud Meyer