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Congratulations, Colfax High School Class of 2017

An ending and beginning for 137 graduating seniors
By: Reene Abbott
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The 137 seniors in the Colfax High School’s 57th graduating class received their diplomas Saturday and started out on the next chapter in their lives.

Graduates gathered on the football field, surrounded by friends and family, on what turned out to be a sunny but cool morning.

Speakers at the ceremony were Associated Student Body President Christian Shelley, Senior Class President Kaylie Hague and Principal Paul Lundberg.

Dane Reimers, the graduating senior with the highest grade point average, spoke as the class’s valedictorian.

There were, however, 16 students who qualified as valedictorians. They carried a 4.0 grade point average and met several requirements, taking a diverse list of courses including honors classes and Advanced Placement classes.

Sixteen students in a graduating class of 137 make an astonishing 11.6 percent of students meeting the criteria for valedictorian.

In addition to Reimers, the valedictorians are Jaye Beekhuis, Hannah Fellos, Sunny Gorba, Briana Hansen, Lauren Klug, Jason Livinghouse, Brendan Lynn, Cora O’Sullivan, Lily Pantlick, Matthew Pfeiffer, Mason Pierce, Savannah Porter, Alex St. Jacques, Thomas Sunding and Ian Zentner.

Lundberg announced that 40 percent of the graduates were accepted to four-year universities and 40 percent were accepted to two-year colleges. The four-year schools include University of California-Berkeley, University of California-LA, Gonzaga, University of California- Santa Cruz, Cal Poly, University of California-Merced, University of California-Davis, University of California- San Diego, BYU, Templeton, New York University, University of the Pacific, Azusa Pacific, University of Portland, Whitworth, Concordia, Eastern University, and “just about every Cal State University.” And Savanna Turner received an engineering fellowship to Stanford.

Senior counselor Sherri Myers and junior counselor Rachel Stevenson read the names of students receiving their diplomas, which were presented to the students by Lundberg and Assistant Principal Chastity Raybuck-Bonilla.

Each student wrote a short statement about themselves, their reflections on their high school careers, their families, their futures, which was read as they approached the podium to receive their diplomas.

Saturday night was Class of 2017’s “Safe and Sober Grad Night,” an event sponsored by the school’s Parents Club.

Grad Night was established 27 years ago by a group of parents to provide a safe and sober celebration for graduates. The Parents Club held fundraisers throughout the school year to pay for the festivities and donated time, money and materials to decorate the gymnasium and provide activities and food for the graduates.

Starting at 9 p.m., Grad Night had a theme of, “Oh, the places you’ll go…,” an appropriate theme for this high school graduating class.