Douglas County High School sees giving grads go

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Douglas County High School Principal Tony Kappas always has a soft spot for his graduating seniors, but the class of 2013 holds a special place in his heart.

This year’s graduates stands out as one of the most “unselfish” group of seniors Kappas has known for some time, he said.

“This is a group very active with community service and service learning,” Kappas said. “They’re very caring, very unselfish, they have huge hearts. They’re just very special.”

The Douglas County High School senior class of 2013 participated in a number of community outreaches, volunteering in metro area soup kitchens and area battered women’s shelters, Kappas said. During the holidays, students contributed Thanksgiving dinners to area families in need and decorated the Christmas Angel Tree, providing gifts and support to families in the school community.

“That was very special to me,” Kappas said. “They are willing to assist with these global efforts but also take care of their own community.”

Beneficiaries of the efforts led by this year’s seniors included the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Dumb Friends League Buddy Center and the Unified Club, creating athletic events and activities for special-needs residents and classmates.

The Unified Club ranked as Kappas’ most memorable experience with the class of 2013, he said. The club is working with the Colorado High School Activities Association in hopes of making special-needs sports part of Colorado’s varsity program.

“It was absolutely one of the most fulfilling opportunities I’ve been a part of in the educational realm,” Kappas said. “It’s paying it forward through giving.”

The 2013 Douglas County High School graduation ceremony is 9 a.m., May 23 at the Douglas County Stadium at 2842 Front Street in Castle Rock.

Douglas County High School 2013 graduation

Enrollment of the school: 1,828

Number of students in the graduating class: Approximately 430. The exact number won’t be available until May 21.

School mascot: Huskies

Class motto: “We are all inventors each sailing out on a voyage of discovery, guided each by a private chart, of which there is no duplicate. The world is all gates, all opportunities.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Senior class officers: Student Body Co-president: Cody Parker; Student Body Co-president: Christian Paschke; Senior President: Rowan Quirk; Senior Vice President: Riley Zwicker; Executive Representative: Kurt De los Triro; Representative: AC Llanes; Representative: Eloise Bacon.