Douglas County High School graduation: 'Let's have some fun'

Posted 5/23/19

People in the crowd wore ski goggles, fur-lined hoods and zipped into sleeping bags to stay warm for the outdoor graduation ceremony held a day after a late spring snowstorm dumped heavy, wet snow on …

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Douglas County High School graduation: 'Let's have some fun'

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People in the crowd wore ski goggles, fur-lined hoods and zipped into sleeping bags to stay warm for the outdoor graduation ceremony held a day after a late spring snowstorm dumped heavy, wet snow on the Denver metro area.

But the lingering chilly weather didn't stop loved ones of Douglas County High School's graduating class from filling the school's stadium in Castle Rock for the May 21 commencement ceremony.

Ben Brelje, who gave the faculty address, told seniors success would look different for each of them and that their goals would change as they grew in the years to come. Students Etash Kalra and Justin Kopek gave a joint, impassioned speech urging seniors to learn from people with backgrounds different from theirs.

Abby Stallcup, in a speech titled “The Happiest Person I Know,” told classmates to pursue what made them happy regardless of obstacles they may face.

“The world is our playground,” she said. “So, let's have some fun.”

Principal Tony Kappas told seniors he was proud of the people they'd become and their accomplishments to date.

“You are stepping out into the world,” Kappas said. “Remember that this town and this school are still your home.”

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