Savannah Williams hugs Brian Hoza on Sunday during the graduation ceremony at Hayden High School. The school graduated 31 seniors.

Photo by Scott Franz

Savannah Williams hugs Brian Hoza on Sunday during the graduation ceremony at Hayden High School. The school graduated 31 seniors.

Hayden graduates 31 seniors in lively ceremony

— When "Pomp and Circumstance" started, Gail Valora quickly pulled out her camera.

In the bleachers around her, more family and friends recorded the revelry with cameras and iPads.

The arrival of their student on the big stage and the ensuing cheers were moments that were too important to be able to watch only once.

“It was like watching a great part of a family video playing out in real time,” Valora said after she finished taking pictures of her grandson, Cutter Barrett, graduate from Hayden High School.

The west Routt County town graduated 31 seniors Sunday.

They plan to study psychology, mechanical engineering, gunsmithing, pediatric nursing, dental hygiene and environmental science, among many other topics.

Together, the Class of 2013 earned $288,000 in scholarships.

One will start basic training for the U.S. Army in June.

Another will be on the Dodge City Junior College track team.

And before they leave, they'll have plenty of advice to mull over.

“This class as a whole has never really cared about what's waiting on the other side, the end result,” Principal Gina Zabel said. “You have always lived in the moment, been spontaneous and enjoyed every inch of your journey, your climb.”

She told the students to continue to enjoy that climb.

Hayden pastor Doug Zirkle, the speaker for the graduation ceremony, recounted the story of his recent successful kidney transplant and the man who selflessly gave him the organ so that he could overcome his sickness.

“You come from good stock,” he told the students as he encouraged them all to be cheerful givers. “You, too, can give without wanting anything in return.”

After the speeches and the hugs and the "Pomp and Circumstance," the seniors carried on the tradition of celebrating their new status with a chatotic silly string fight.

Black balloons fell slowly as the students celebrated.

Not too much earlier, between the hours of midnight and 2 a.m., salutatorian Paul Laliberte was putting the finishing touches on the speech he delivered to his classmates.

The extra effort was worth it, he said.

“It was breathtaking,” he said about the graduation ceremony. “It's a once-in-a-lifetime kind of thing.”

Scholarships awarded to Hayden High School graduates

(name, college attending, accepted scholarships)

• Zane Booco

Colorado Northwestern Community College

Babson Carpenter, $250

CNCC Scholarship, $1,600

• Aaron Cramer

Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn.

Babson Carpenter, $250

Hayden Lions Club, $500

Lee University Dean’s Scholarship, $7,000

Lee University Robertson Memorial Scholarship, $16,000

Stuco, $800

Noon Rotary Club, $1,200

• Mark Doolin

Colorado School of Mines

Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors, $1,000

Craig M. Weaver Memorial Scholarship, $1,000

Colorado High School Coaches Association Scholarship, $1,000

TIC Scholarship, $1,000

Doak Walker, $1,500

HUHS, $300

Stuco, $200

Noon Rotary Scholarship, $1,000

• Medora Fralick

University of Wyoming

4-H Scholarship, $1,000

Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors, $500

Doak Walker, $1,500

University of Wyoming Rocky Mountain Scholars Award, $3,000

Ski Town Rotary Scholarship, $1,000

• Meghan Jezo

Colorado Northwestern Community College

Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors, $1,000

HEA, $500

CNCC Vice President’s Scholarship, $4,000

Marie Blee Scholarship, $500

• Trevor Mazzola

Colorado Mesa University

Babson Carpenter, $250

Colorado Mesa University Academic Scholarship, $1,000

HUHS Scholarship, $300

• Cole Miller

Colorado State University

Babson Carpenter, $250

4-H Scholarships, $1,000

Rotary Student of the Month

CSU Scholarship

HUHS Scholarship, $300

Stuco, $200

• Ashley Otto

Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Notre Dame De Namur University Academic Scholarship, $44,000

Coe College Dean’s Scholarship, $66,000

Albion College Presidential Scholarship, $76,000

University of Northern Colorado Provost Scholarship, $1,250

University of Denver Pioneer Scholarship, 48,000

TIC Scholarship, 1,000

• Savannah Williams

Dodge City Junior College in Dodge City, Kan.

Dodge City Athletic Scholarship, books and tuition for two years

Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors, $250

Steve Maloney Scholarship, $1,000

ColoWyo Scholarship, $500

To reach Scott Franz, call 970-871-4210 or email scottfranz@SteamboatToday.com

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