2 MCHS grads honored at coronation Thursday

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Katrina Willey

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George Avgares

Two graduates of Moffat County High School took the coronation stage Thursday for the crowning of royalty.

George Avgares and Katrina Willey were good friends in high school 20 years ago, but are being honored this year for their contributions to the community and carrying on the legacy of Moffat County High School.

George Avgares

Class of 1989

Current job: Owner of Colorado Student Care

What was your high school experience like?

"I had a great high school career. I felt we had a good education, great teachers and great mentors. Coach (Craig) Mortensen, especially, was a huge influence on me. Just through basketball and showing me to be a good, positive, stand-up person. And, not just in school, but having priorities with family and friends."

Since you work with students now, how has high school culture changed since 1989?

"I think technology is a much bigger influence in their lives. It's more about just trying to keep them focused on doing the right thing with all these distractions and influences. The work ethic of my generation and of theirs is also the complete opposite."

What are the advantages of living and working in the town you grew up and went to high school in?

"I moved back to Craig (three years ago) to be close to my family and friends. I like being able to enjoy the outdoors and the lifestyle of living in Craig. I love being able to help and mentor kids as a career. I'm really lucky and blessed. It keeps me motivated to help students achieve their goals and dreams. Just any kind of higher education is a very important tool for success for these kids."

What was your reaction to being chosen as an honored alumnus?

"I was proud and humbled."

What's going through your head when you're standing on the stage during coronation?

"Twenty years went by really quickly."

Katrina Willey

Class of 1989

Current job: Health technician at Moffat County High School

What was your high school experience like?

"I loved it. I loved the social part. It was just good friends and good times."

What is it like working in the high school you graduated from?

"It's fun to see the kids every day, and it's neat to see how things have changed. Some of the teachers I had when I was here still work here, and that's cool for me to see."

How has high school changed since you were there?

"Kids' attitudes have really changed. They don't have bad attitudes; it's just more of a relaxed atmosphere. But, we have very good teachers and administrators. Students just feel more comfortable talking to their teachers and faculty. It's more of a relationship than it used to be."

Your son, Dustin, is a sophomore at MCHS. Does he mind going to school where his mother works?

"I actually asked my son before I took this job. I thought it would be a big deal and I didn't want to put a damper on his high school years. But, he really wanted it, and he loves having me here."

What's your favorite part about being a health technician?

"Every student that comes through that door I feel like I can help. I have the chance to say, 'Hey, how's your day going?' Sometimes kids just need to come in for a cup of water and sit down and say, 'Ugh, I really hate this class.' Sometimes they just need to vent. I just want to make a little difference in their day."

How do you feel about being part of the Homecoming celebration this year?

"I'm excited. I loved Homecoming when I was in school. The kids get so into it and the school spirit is just amazing."

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