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Class of 2012 heads into the future

Graduates thank family, friends in emotional ceremony
By: Chelsea Foster, Colfax Record Correspondent
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Colfax High School's graduating class of 2012 looked back with gratitude and forward with hope as they accepted their diplomas under the bright sun of a promising Saturday morning. The ceremony was a reflection of the class's accomplishments collectively and as individuals, highlighting the tight-knit group of teachers, school staff, family, friends, and neighbors who made the students' success possible. After an excited crowd filled the stadium seating at Robert O. Marson Field, the concert choir brought a reverent silence to the audience with their performance of "Star Spangled Banner." The air was filled with excitement and pride in the many successes and talents displayed by the class of 185 graduates. But that pride was tempered with humility and thankfulness. Every speech and every student expressed appreciation to friends, family, teachers, the community and each other for support. Principal Rick Spears noted the extraordinarily close relationships that were forged among the class members. According to Spears, 54 percent of this year's graduates came through local elementary schools, and 87 percent spent all four years of high school at Colfax. The help they have given each other through the years has been more than usual, and their achievements have been great, Spears said. "This class has set high standards for those who will follow," Spears said. "I want to thank the parents, instructors and staff for preparing these students for life after Colfax High School." Associated Student Body President Katherine Anne Bianchi congratulated her fellow students on the many accomplishments of the class. "We will choose our own path, our own future. We will make a difference in this world. We are never satisfied with just good but always strive to be the best. We are unique. We are talented," Bianchi said. Senior Class President Patrick Cabrera added his sincere thanks for those who instilled those unique qualities in them. "We will take our talents and move on, but our parents can rest assured that we will always return home," Cabrera said. One of the eight class valedictorians, National Merit Scholarship finalist Alex Bonser, agreed. "The class of 2012 assembled today has more than lived up to our expectations. As we move on in life, we will never forget the community that supported us," Bonser said. Phil McDonald, proud father of graduate Samuel McDonald, was moved by the ceremony. "It was such a good day. Everything worked out great," McDonald said. "I'm excited for my son, but also nervous. Today the job market is so hard. I'm just glad he got to grow up here in Colfax. People around here are friendly and help each other. It's pretty special." Parent and volunteer Sharon Vereyken was also happy to see the special sense of togetherness and thankfulness through the ceremony. She enjoyed hearing about the plans and gratitude of each individual student. "At most schools you don't see the individual commendations for each student. That's the beauty of going to a small school. It's much more personal and meaningful for the students and for the audience," Vereyken said. Spears left the students with a few final words of advice as they spread their wings from the shelter of their hometown to make a difference in the world as adults. "Make commitments and continue to work hard at them," Spears said. "Find a passion and follow it. Don't ever stop learning." With a good foundation laid with the help of friends and family, the class of 2012 has a bright future ahead. COLFAX HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 2012 Meghan Danae Abbott Eric Robert Accomazzo Fredrick Alaniz Seth Michael Allen Aarin Anderson Randi Rachelle Anderson Tori Bourn Anderson Mathew Adrian Anglade Louisa Alexandra Angleton Alexandra Rose Archer Ariel Santos Argueta Maggie Lee Aubuchon Adrianna Nicole Baird Jesse Lee Barnes Julie Erin Barton Christopher Thomas Bauer Benjamin Daniel Lynn Beadles Kirsten Louise Beninga Luke Marvin Beninga Taylor Elizabeth Berlin John William Bianchi Katherine Anne Bianchi Haley Renee Biles Amy Natsuki Blackburn Jeremy Chandler Boal Matthew Christopher Boal Alexander David Bonser Ashley Marie Bourne Benton Charles Brown Patrick Felipe Cabrera Jared John Capachi Zo Lynn Casperite Cheyanne Marie Celoni Hannah Marie Clark Lauren Michelle Cleaner Zachary Patrick Coffman Sara Elizabeth Davidson Alissa Sharon Davies Dillon Colby Davis Jeremy Dawson Shannon Lynette Deck Karl-Heinz Reiner Dietz Elise Rochelle DiNardo Dustin Matthew Downey Joshua Adam Downing Ronald Allen Edwards Adam Christophe Etcheverry Alyson Whitney Farinha Cameron Charles Fischer Zebroff Rachel Mae Fischer Kyle Shanon Folmar Savana Hauole Dusty Ford Huber Zane Aragon Foster Brett Lee Fowler Cody David Funk Brandon Joseph Garcia Kayla Maria Garcia Mary Louise Garner Jorden Lea Gerlach Taylor Lyn Gerlach Bobbi Lee Glau Alexandra Zola Elizabeth Godwin Paul Atlee Gould Kristin Mae Esther Graham Eric Randal Graves Rose Renee Gray Samuel Zeferino Guzman Sarah Christine Hall Kady Elaine Halpin Heather June Hausler Hannah Lee Hepburn Chase Garrett Hoagland Michallynn Hoffman Aaron Thomas Hood Dylan Christopher Howell Emily Ann Hunter Shannon Nicole James Max Levi Wyatt Jeffries Catherine Rose Jobes Brent Robert Johnson Samuel Donald Johnston Kyle John Juchau Nolan Michael Karbowski Michael Jeffrey Kelley Christina Maree Keyes Nathan Wayne Killebrew Chad Michael Kincaid Sarah Ann Kirwan Connor Mackenzie Krier David Paul Lange Joe Jesperi Leitola Michael Norbert Lerner Weston Theodore Leveskis Kai Ryann Quinn Lewis Courtney Paige Lian Roger Rollin Lillie Haleigh Terryl Lis Steven Patrick Lock Iona Gillian Lofrano James Stuart Logan Nicola Cierra Lorang Christopher Allen Lovejoy Conner Alfonso Mariscal Nicole Jeanne Marston Kenneth Michael Willis Mathe Samuel Abrahm McDonald Isaac Alessandro Merritt Conner Alan Mills Michael James Moore Brandon Dean Morgan Jacob Patrick Morgan Leilani Fe Morgan Kaitlyn Elaine Morrill David Bacci Scott Mowbray Ryan Saxby Mulkin Michael Martin Mullany Brennan Kyle Murphy Natalie Marie Mutto Cody Vade Myers Mathew Richard Naylor Savannah Marie Newman Alonzo Orozco Riley Jean Ostrom Jessica Lynn Palmer Talia Lee Panelli Joel Thomas Patterson Paul Lewis Pedersen Hunter Garrett Perez Kayla Rose Piscitelli Taylor Marie Pitz Matthew Kyle Przepiorski Samuel Edward Quinlan Michael Patrick Rawlins Shawn Lawrence Rawlins Michelle Katherine Read Christian Cobain Reintjes Katherine Ellen Richards Madeline Ann Richards Cory William Rodgers Joseph Anthony Rogers Alexandra Diane Rondoni Bren Michael Rooker Gary Alan Root Daniel Alexander Ross Alexis Grace Rubio Gabrielle Elizabeth Ruiz Devin Edward Saavedra Nicholas Adam Schuler Zachary Scott Schweiger Samantha Rose Scicluna Ashley Nicole Scott Gurpreet Singh Sehdev Caressa James Sharpe Alexander Hunter Shaw Jacqueline Therese Shawver Shelby LeAnn Shepard Sarah-Ann Marie Sherer Ryan Thomas Sinclair Ryan Christopher Smith Skyler Martin Souza Tyler James Sowers Casey Lee Stillford Loren Daniel Sunding Adam Christian Tatnall Julie Diane Thomas Adam Scott Tricomo Katherine Elizabeth Tullos Mariah Cheyenne Turcotte Cassandra Nicole Varalla Goldstein Kelsey Nicole Vaughn Celeena Lauren Wall Haley Alexis Wall Kailyn Jean Ward Jamie Nicole Weisman Joele Freda Teelke-Doreen Weil Kevin Taylor Westphalen Presley Danielle Wetterstrom Addison Marie Whittet Kelsey Michel Whittet Bryan Charles Wibberley Zakary Alan Wibberley David Jonathon Wood Blake Christopher Wright Alexis Nichel Wybrecht Aaron Earl Young Austin David Young