They are regarded as the pioneers, and they wear the hat well. Valor Christian High School’s first graduating class took the stage at Cherry Hills …
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They are regarded as the pioneers, and they wear the hat
Valor Christian High School’s first graduating class took the
stage at Cherry Hills Community Church May 28 as throngs of proud
parents, friends and relatives looked on. They led by example as
enrollment swelled to more than 600 students. They made their mark
on not only the academic side, but the world of prep athletics,
taking the 3A state football championship and showing their merits
as a force to be reckoned with in several other sports.
The achievements in the classroom by the 68 graduates were
celebrated during the commencement ceremony. Several have committed
to attend prominent Ivy League institutions, in-state schools and
various Christian colleges.
“They leave now ready to transform the world for Christ,” said
principal David Cooper. “The commencement is the beginning of that
Beyond the classroom teachings, the students got a lesson in
culture as many took missions trips to countries around the world.
The grads also have racked up an impressive amount of community
service hours, something Cooper says he is extremely proud of.
Tim Hascall, chairman of Valor Christian’s board of education,
said he is grateful that the students took the chance to go to a
new school. He said their high school experience was typical with
one small exception.
“Ways that it could be different are that they’re the pioneers
that founded a new high school,” Hascall said. “One of our
foundation stones is leadership and ‘Influence through excellence’
is our school motto.”
Being at the top of the school and leading the way for juniors,
sophomores and freshmen has bolstered their leadership skills and
prepared the students for college and their careers, he said.
The father of Danny Ramirez, a Valor graduate who has plans to
attend Colorado State University-Pueblo next fall to play football
and study business, said he had mixed emotions before the ceremony
began, feeling both excited and sad that his son was graduating. He
said Ramirez’s experience at Valor was “priceless.”
“I feel very proud,” he said.
The principal, who is known to many as “Coop,” said although the
students will be going their separate ways, they should know they
always have a home.
“Once an eagle always an eagle.”
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