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GCHS Class of 2019 graduates!

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Members of the GCHS graduating Class of 2019 prepare to present flowers to family and significant friends after receiving their diplomas.

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Members of the GCHS graduating Class of 2019 prepare to present flowers to family and significant friends after receiving their diplomas.

The Greeley County High School Class of 2019 graduated in commencement exercises held Saturday, May 18th, 2019. The ceremony took place in the high school gymnasium at 11:00 a.m. Ms. Kris Barbier, Greeley County music instructor, provided processional and recessional guitar music. After an invocation by class member Jose Chavez, high school principal Mr. John Niehues extended a welcome and addressed the graduates. “You are about to change your world,” he told them. Remember that time is precious and integrity is difficult to find, once it’s lost, he said. “Forgive yourself when you make mistakes and do the same for others.” He suggested they write down their goals, when they find them, and use the help they find around them. Niehues told the graduates “you have changed us for the better.” Class salutatorian Sebastian Torres thanked all who were in attendance at the graduation today, with a special thanks to family members, who have shaped the graduates’ lives. He congratulated his classmates — we’ll never forget all the memories. “Live your best life everyday.” Do not be afraid. The only thing to be afraid of is that you powerful beyond measure. Valedictorian Brittany Luebbers said that the past seems only yesterday, when the graduates were younger and decisions were easier. In junior high, we bonded, she said, and then the four years of high school went fast, and only now we realize how far we have come. “We have made many memories. Always remember, this is not a good-bye but a see-you-later.” Counselor Mrs. Brandy Clevenger presented the Citizenship Awards to Sara Rayas and Francisco Mendoza, and the Dale Dennis Award to Francisco Mendoza. She then thanked the local scholarship donors, who provided the Class of 2019 with $26,500 in scholarships. Class member Abigail Youmans presented a class video. Mr. Todd Schmidt, president of USD #200 Board of Education, gave diplomas to the graduates as they were individually presented by Mrs. Nereida Ibarra. After the presentation of the graduates to the audience, a benediction by class member Sara Rayas ended the ceremony. Graduates are Trevor Albers, Jose Chavez, Kody Edzards, Darien Ibarra, Kelbie Knobbe, Brittany Luebbers, Sarah Martin, Francisco Mendoza, Nicholas Owen, Sara Rayas, Axel Sanchez, Sebastian Torres, Aaron Vazquez, Jaly Yanez, and Abigail Youmans. Ushers for the ceremony were Renee Alexander, Mattie Brandl, Terry (Kyler) Smith, and Erny Knelsen. The class colors are grey and red, and the class flower is the red tipped rose. Class sponsors have been Kyle and Breanna Finder. The class quote: “Remember where you came from, but never loose sight of where you are going.”
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