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A-C grads built unique bond growing up

SHERIDAN — The Arvada-Clearmont class of 2013 is not the biggest, but it certainly is not lacking in achievement.

Seven seniors from A-C are leaving the halls of high school behind, but the educational experience is not over for the graduates. The entire class is headed to post-secondary education.

“I think for the most part, that is the goal — a post-secondary education and a career,” A-C principal Charles Auzqui said.

Arvada-Clearmont’s graduating class has racked up a total of almost $30,000 in scholarships this year. Keely Rockafellow is the class valedictorian. Bailey Roebling is the salutatorian.

While the seniors may not have had a large school to go to, filled with hundreds of students, they said they have a bond that can not be replaced.

“I think it is cool most of us have grown up together — since kindergarten,” Rockafellow said.

They will have plenty of memories in both the athletic and academic arena to take with them, including state tournament appearances in basketball and a regional championship in the 400-meter relay in track. In the rodeo arena, Bryce Burnell was second at state as a junior and took 16th place in bull riding at the national high school rodeo.

The class has fond memories of sporting events, particularly one bus ride.

“A track meet was rained out and we had to pull over,” Rockafellow said. “We stopped to take pictures and had a fun time because there was really nothing else to do.”

In other extra-curricular activities, the class worked on the yearbook which won the Golden Pony Award as best in the state for 1A schools. The Clear Creek FFA Chapter received numerous honors and Jolene Tschida achieved some of the best test scores in the state for sales.

Even after departing the school, the A-C seniors will leave their mark in the form of a bronze panther. A statue of the school’s mascot will be put in front of the school thanks to the fundraising efforts for the past four years by the class.

“I think that it is a great idea, leaving a legacy,” Auzqui said.

Graduation will be today at 2 p.m. at the school’s gymnasium. The speaker is Tom Milstead, sports editor at the Buffalo Bulletin and assistant track coach at Arvada-Clearmont.

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