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Colfax graduates a 2016 class of high achievers

By: Carol Percy, Reporter
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On a bright, hot morning last Saturday, 133 Colfax High School seniors graduated.

The 90-minute ceremony took place on the school campus in Marson Stadium and was witnessed by a standing-room-only crowd of relatives and friends.

Colfax High School Principal Paul Lundberg congratulated the 2016 graduates, including eight valedictorians and eight students going into several branches of the United States military.

Lundberg said this year’s graduates garnered more than $600,000 in scholarships and 90 percent of the class was going on for further education. Forty percent of the graduates will attend four-year colleges and universities.

“Colfax High is like an expensive private school where our students get the attention they need to succeed,” Lundberg said.

In her speech to graduates, Associated Student Body president Courtney Kirkland said that both living in Colfax and going to Colfax High School has given her skills to succeed in a “big city college.”

Kirkland, 17, and one of the school’s eight valedictorians, will attend the University of California at Berkeley in the fall. Her major is “undecided.”

Her visit to Berkeley was at first intimidating, but after spending a day in the Bay Area city, Kirkland realized how living in “a one stoplight town” (Colfax) has taught her to analyze situations and appreciate diversity in individuals.

“Even though I have zero city skills, I can still judge how fast a train is going and if I should pass in front of it. And I’ve grown to appreciate pet owners who walk their pet goats on a leash,” she said, laughing.

Kirkland “feels confident” that she has been given the tools she needs to thrive in a big city.