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A record-breaking 557 students walked across the stage at Red Rocks Amphitheatre May 16 to accept their diploma from Mountain Vista High School in Highlands Ranch. It was the largest graduating class in the school's history.
The class of 2018 received more than $20 million in scholarship awards to continue their education. Students will move on to 125 different post secondary institutions, including Brown University, Colorado School of Mines, Duke University, Ringling College of Art and Design, and University of Alabama.
Before departing, graduate Carter Dillion reminded his classmates about struggle and failure along the way to success.
“Failure is the most fundamental aspect of success,” Dillion said. “But those who succeed do not stop at the first failure — or the second or the 10th or the 100th. They don't stop at any failure. They always keep going… I encourage you to find something you love and pursue it endlessly. I urge you to consider that your life is not just meant to be endured, but enjoyed. Continue into the next chapter of your life with a commitment to yourself that you will be all that you are capable of being. Let no failure stand in your way.”
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