The Castle View High School graduating class of 2013 will leave the school a “better place” than it was when the group stepped into the school halls as freshman.
That is according to Principal James Calhoun, who has an inside track to a graduating class that is special to him for a couple of reasons.
Calhoun’s son is a member of the senior class of 2013, which left an indelible mark on the school, Calhoun said.
“I know it’s a very close-knit group that seems to care very deeply about each other and about the community,” Calhoun said. “There are some great leaders in the group that worked hard for this class and worked hard to make Castle View High School a better high school.”
This year’s Castle View High School seniors made a difference by taking traditional school activities and turning up the volume, just enough, Calhoun said. The weeklong Homecoming Showdown in the 2012/2013 school year was more like a “pep assembly on steroids,” Calhoun said.
The homecoming tradition this year demonstrated collaboration among athletes, artists and everyday students with events that brought the school together to make the week a memorable one, Calhoun said.
This year’s Make a Difference Week benefited the Rocky Mountain Childhood Cancer Foundation with a weeklong fundraising effort that generated $15,000 in donations to the organization that provides financial aid to families with children battling cancer, he said.
Among the fundraising efforts was a student/faculty basketball game, a fun run and a daily “Mad Minute,” which began with an intercom announcement to start the clock for 60 seconds of hallway madness as students emptied their pockets into buckets manned by members of the student council.
“They raised $3,000 more than last year,” Calhoun said. “Basically it’s just kids stepping up to the plate donating lunch money and other (contributions) to raise $15,000 in a week. This is just a group that was very close.”
The Castle View High School graduation is May 22 at Red Rocks Amphitheater.
Castle View High School 2013 graduation
Commencement time, date and location: 7 p.m., May 22, Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Enrollment of the school: 1,730
Number of students in the graduating class: 377
School mascot: Sabercat
Class song: “Tattoo’s on the Town” by Jason Aldean
Class motto: “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
Senior class officers: President: Colton Anderson; Vice President: Hunter Anderson; Secretary: Brogan Horton; Treasurer: Edward Bowden