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Caps, cookouts

MCHS grads prepare for their parties

When the caps fly in the air, it’s time for the party to begin.

Moffat County High School commencement is set for 10 a.m. May 28 in the school’s gym. After-ward is when the graduates start the busy part of their day.

Megan Smith is having her party that day, and so are many of her friends.



“I probably won’t be there most of the day because I have five other parties to go to,” she said.

Twenty of her relatives will be visiting from out of town, and she and her mother, Joni Smith, have been planning the open house party for nearly a year.



“The door will be open all day,” Joni said.

She said this is the typical way to have a party, as most students have many friends graduating and want to make it to all their parties.

The Smiths will be cooking out, serving hot dogs, hamburgers and chips. They say it’s an easy way to feed guests in the laid-back setting.

Joni also is getting her daughter a cake with her baby and senior pictures printed on top. Chris Duran, bakery clerk at Safeway, said he’s making 30 to 40 cakes this week, and he expects there to be many more next week. And most orders don’t come in until the last minute.

“There’s a lot of procrastinators in this world,” he said.

He also bakes rolls for families to serve at the parties. So by the time graduation hits, he’s glad the rush is over.

Lori Romney, owner of Sweetwater Trading Co. and Candlelight Floral, was busy Thursday as she prepared 540 pink roses for Hayden High School’s commencement Sunday.

She said many families choose floral arrangements and balloon bouquets to decorate their homes for parties. Smith is going for a completely 2005 theme, including a tablecloth and banner.

People also buy gifts for seniors at Romney’s shop, but that’s not always what the grads want.

“Flowers and gifts are nice, but I think a lot of times what they want and need is money,” Romney said. “Realistically, they’re heading off to college, or whatever they’re doing, they need money.”

Smith agreed, trying not to sound greedy, but still excited for the gifts she’ll receive.

“It’s nice to work so hard for something and get rewarded for it,” she said.

Joni is eager for her daughter’s party because she knows her youngest deserves some recognition.

“She just grew up way too fast,” she said.

Megan is going to Colorado Northwestern Community College and living at home. She hopes to enter the nursing program.

But for now, Megan is just focused on getting everything ready for her party and making sure her big day — including the commencement speech she’s giving — goes smoothly.

“I think it’s going to more stressful graduation day than leading up to it,” she said.


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