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Arapahoe Charter graduates four

May 26, 2014 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer

A new round of seniors celebrated their graduation recently on the Wind River Indian Reservation. Arapahoe Charter High School held its ceremony for Edelche' Mahylia Eagle, Ashley Lee Giles, Ivan Achilles Thomas and Paul Jay Waterman on May 16 with school staff, family members and friends in attendance.

"It takes perseverance and tenacity to earn a high school diploma," said ACHS principal Jan Jorgensen. "Seniors, whatever your dreams are, whatever your plans are, I wish you the very best."

He described the graduates as the future leaders and individually recognized their personalities. Waterman and Thomas enjoy listening to music, while Eagle is the type of person to defuse disagreements, Jorgensen said. Giles likes to help out with administrative desk responsibilities.

English teacher Amanda Tinker recognized the class motto -- carpe diem -- which means "seize the day."

"I want you to seize every day," Tinker said. "You are the hope for next year's graduates."

Teacher Ray Keith gave each graduate a key as a symbol not to give up in the face of setbacks.

"You hold your keys to open the new door wisely, and you'll always be successful in life," Keith said.

He said Waterman and Thomas always asked questions in class while Eagle and Giles were quieter students.

The graduation was the last for superintendent Chantell Denson who announced her resignation in March. The senior speaker was Waterman, and the ACHS Student of the Year was Thomas.

The graduating class chose the teal carnation as its class flower and the song "Happy" by Pharrell as its class song.

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