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Moffat County High School seniors pick off-the-wall-flower, savor future as graduation approaches

Moffat County High School graduation colors, motto and flower are now in the books

Michael Neary

Brittany Young, student council vice president, and Wes Atkin, student council president, helped to organize the choosing of this year’s senior motto, colors and flower.

This year's group of Moffat County High SchoolMoffat County High School seniors did not want an ordinary flower to serve as a graduation symbol. seniors did not want an ordinary flower to serve as a graduation symbol.

Moffat County High School seniors did not want an ordinary flower to serve as a graduation symbol.

So, they chose the powerful, magical “Super Mario Bros.” Fire Flower as this year's class flower.

"We wanted something different from a sunflower or a rose," said Brittany Young, the student council vice president. "The class wanted something more creative."

Student Council President Wes Atkin said the flower kept popping up in the nominations and then prevailed in the final vote.

Each year at the high school, seniors choose a motto, colors and a flower to serve as graduation symbols. This year's choice of colors was a little more straightforward than the flower: seniors went with the school colors of blue and white. As for the motto, they chose this saying: "Our lives are before us, our past is behind us, but our memories are forever within us."

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Bekah Bird and Allie Dilldine also helped organize the choosing process.

For Wes and Brittany, choosing the senior symbols caps a year of activities for student government.

"We run the Homecoming — everything from the parade to the half-time show," Brittany said. "We do stuff like Day Without Hate, Battle of the Sexes week, dances."

Wes said the student council also presented a teacher appreciation gift.

"We gave all the teachers $5 Starbucks gift cards," he said.

"We knew we wanted to do something for them," Brittany added. "We had students write personal letters on the back of the cards that said, 'Thanks a latte.'"

Both Brittany and Wes felt that things were winding down well in their last hours of high school.

"It's great," Wes said. "I feel a lot less stressed out about everything."

Brittany said she was excited to get new experiences, but she added: "There's stuff I'm going to miss about high school — the security of it."

Wes is planning on studying mechanical engineering at the Colorado School of Mines. He said he also wants to pursue music.

"Right now I'm working on finishing up my first album," he said. "I've started writing some songs, and I'm hoping that while I'm in college I'll be able to start a band."

Brittany is planning to study business and marketing at Colorado Northwestern Community College and then at the University of Colorado in Denver. She also wants to travel and study abroad — especially in France.

"I've wanted to go to France forever," she said, noting that she's taken three years of French at the high school.

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