Vail Mountain School seniors embrace hope at summary of high school journey

The Vail Mountain University Course of 2021 graduates Friday in Vail. Pupils reflected on how navigating by means of a college year in a pandemic was no easy process.
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VAIL — Through it all, the members of Vail Mountain School’s Class of 2021 held dancing, saved singing, held laughing.

Molly Blakslee, who shipped the senior handle at Friday’s outside graduation ceremony at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, mentioned she observed inspiration for her speech in the most unlikely location: the Total Meals candy aisle.

As she thought of sweet bars, Blakslee said an inspirational estimate plastered across a brightly colored wrapper caught her eye: “Life is a shipwreck. But we ought to not neglect to sing in the lifeboats.”



Leave it to Voltaire and chocolate to capture what’s genuinely vital.

Alexander Viola plays piano for the duration of Friday’s graduation ceremony for Vail Mountain School’s Class of 2021 at the Ford Amphitheater in Vail.
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“For the 13 many years that I have regarded this class, our lifeboats have been stuffed with the songs of confusion and laughter,” Blakslee reported.



She extra: “Even past this previous year, my long lasting memory from classmates are primarily of laughter and a day-by-working day lighthearted tactic to life to accompany the work that it normally takes to get by way of it. … There has constantly been a supply of light-weight or humor to accompany our class by way of no matter what problems we confronted in the course of our years. And last but not least, by means of our senior 12 months.”

Cami Johnson, delivering the junior handle, recounted how this group of seniors was often the first on the dance floor at college occasions — and the final to go away.

Even when the DJ was awful.

Cameron Monthly bill, Honor Guard to Vail Mountain Faculty graduate Hayley Bill, adjusts her tassel for the duration of the graduation ceremony Friday at The Amp in Vail.
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“They would’ve rather danced to undesirable songs than let the evening go to squander,” she reported. “It’s no question they stayed so favourable in this kind of peculiar conditions.”

Ending up high college in the center of a world wide pandemic? Odd in truth. But seniors Jessica Sherpa and Elliot Pribramsky explained relentless hope is what carried this course as a result of to the other side and into a brighter potential.

Kindergarteners, or the Class of 2033, present yellow roses to their higher class good friends during the graduation ceremony of the Vail Mountain College Class of 2021 Friday in Vail.
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“At the get started of this yr we didn’t know what to assume,” Sherpa explained. “The complicated periods remaining us sensation pretty much hopeless. Our only hopes have been to show up at college in individual and graduate at the stop of May perhaps.”

The class of seniors undoubtedly achieved that, and substantially more, such as pulling off theater productions, having in a senior prom, and receiving to contend on the pitch, in the gymnasium and on the hill irrespective of the worries introduced on by COVID-19.

“Our course has discovered that hope is not tied to a certain consequence, but alternatively hope is getting equipped to see there is a mild irrespective of all the darkness,” Sherpa explained. “Our interpretation of hope might transform numerous periods all through our lives, but as we depart Vail Mountain Faculty, this is our latest definition: Hope is having belief in our community to produce eternal memories when obtaining optimism for the upcoming. Hope is a healer, a motivator, and it is contagious, so we inspire our course to embrace hope as we transfer on to the upcoming phase of our lives.”

Sally Johnston can help present the Sally Johnston Award for the duration of the graduation ceremony Friday in Vail. Johnston was one of the founders and visionaries to support generate Vail Mountain Faculty.
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Shifting on for this course of 37 seniors indicates a selection of diverse points. Some will remain shut to home for school, though other individuals will be heading west and other folks east to pursue significant dreams. A person graduate, Daniela Payen, has skilled for the 2022 Winter Olympics.

It’s a proficient, resilient team that hung together through all of the adversity, and whilst they’ll all be in distinctive locations next drop when the university year commences, they’ll never ever eliminate the bond they shared as a team of classmates.

“Every day I’m glad to share the lifeboat with the 37 of you,” Blakslee claimed. “And I’m happy for your unlimited laughter, willpower and presence that has enriched our every moment at VMS. I’m absolutely sure that as we phase further than the bounds of this valley, lifestyle will only present by itself as much more and much more of a shipwreck of troubles, unanticipated delights, and progress. As each individual of our lifeboats heads off into no matter what direction we can potentially aspiration, it’s my hope that every of you obtain a tune to hum that provides you laughter to lighten your journey where ever it is you are going.”