Highlands Ranch, Rock Canyon, celebrate commencement

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As the Highlands Ranch Class of 2013 spent their moment in the sun at one of the nation’s most famous music venues on May 22, graduating senior Andrea Thompson soared above her classmates as part of an aerial act performed to Rob Thomas’ “Little Wonders.”

Families and friends of the graduates learned of “lollipop moments” – those which leave a lasting impact on someone else – and beloved teacher David Wexler encouraged the parting students to go see the world. “You are only young once,” said Valedictorian Tommy Wu. "Take advantage of your youth."

On May 24, and under sunny skies in a packed Shea Stadium, Rock Canyon High School leaders handed out 400 diplomas, each accompanied by a yellow flower.

Principal Andy Abner praised the Class of 2013, noting that 90 percent of its members are going to college. Thirteen others are enlisted in the armed forces. Collectively, the class received $10.9 million in scholarship funding. Speaker Christopher Crum urged his classmates “to participate in something larger than just a single, solitary self-serving purpose.” 

Photos by Ryan Boldrey and Jane Reuter

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