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Mile High and Campion Academies Celebrate 2018 Graduates »
Both Mile High Academy and Campion Academy celebrated their 2018 graduating classes this past weekend. The commencement of Mile High’s senior class of 25 students took place on Saturday evening, May 26.
Erik Pardo, a former faculty, spoke for the ceremony, encouraging students to rise up, fight a good fight and follow their passions. Blake Rippe, vice president of the graduating class, said the speaker reminded him,“that through all the good and bad, we have to rise up to take our place and stand strong with God."
John Luckiesh, a representative of Union College handed out $648,000 worth of awards split among 20 students who applied to Union.
For many, graduation will be a memory that will stick with them for a lifetime. Valedictorian Jillian Dean mentioned, “Graduation was an unforgettable moment that I will treasure forever. I am so thankful for Mile High and the education I received.”
With their class aim, “To climb the highest mountain. To reach the highest peak,” the class was challenged by Principal Vunileva to “make a difference”.
The Campion class of 2018 graduated the following day, May 27. For the first time, the ceremony was held outside on the soccer field under sunny skies.
All 40 students listened intently as Darrel Messersmith gave the commencement speech, urging students to look for things they don’t believe they can do and challenge themselves to achieve them. Cole Cizek, class fundraiser, says what he took away from the speech was to “push myself to my limits and beyond. Learn from my mistakes, become a better person and, most of all, use these things to glorify Jesus.”
Luckiesh also attended Campion’s graduation, giving out $817,000 worth of scholarships from Union College.
Class president, Lauren Bravatti says that she is sad to part ways with with her classmates, but she knows that, “no matter where they are, God will bless each and every one of them,” a take off from their motto, which states, “Hard to find, harder to leave, impossible to forget, family."
--Text and photos done by Alaysha Harris