Colfax High celebrates 51st commencement

Rain doesn't dampen graduation spirit
By: Kim Palaferri, Colfax Record Correspondent
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Saturday morning, June 4, Colfax High School graduates looked beyond the downpour and took some final moments to connect with their classmates, family and friends before starting the next stage of their lives. Senior Class President Jessica Glazner told her classmates, “I am so proud to call each of you my peers, my classmates, and my friends,” and … “I look forward to seeing the journey of each and every one of you with different experiences.” In a touching moment, graduates heard tales of where they came from to how they got there. Principal Rick Spears told about “Sean cutting his lovely locks in the quad,” and “Rebecca dropping a shot put on her foot breaking it.” Other lighthearted touches included entertainment by the concert choir, playing their version of “You Raise Me Up” made popular by Josh Groban. Spears moved graduation attendees with his speech, telling students, “Good attendance, grades and attitude are all important elements” of what he wants from his students, but that was not important “as this was today.” He encouraged them to, “Go forward graduates and continue to be leaders, but don’t let making a living prevent you from living your life.” Spears also reviewed highlights of the year, such as winning the Kendall Arnett basketball tournament and the production of Peter Pan. While 50 other senior classes have passed through Colfax High School, these 210 graduates are distinct: they are the Class of 2011.