Saturday, May 29, 2010

Kevin's Graduation

Kevin's graduation was held today at the World Arena.  It was an amazing experience, with several high points.  The Valedectorian gave a great talk, and asked his classmates to, instead of being a light in the world, to be a light saber.  He whipped out a light saber and swung it around, saying the a light saber was concentrated  and able to slice through the things in life that may try to discourage them.  The Salutatorian reminded them to live in the moment, and the Senior Class President told them to not be afraid of making mistakes and to learn from them.  "Eat things that give you bad breath, make messes," he said while reminding them that they were on the cusp of the rest of their lives.

Two things that were very touching during the ceremony was when one of their classmates, who was left paralyzed from the waist down during surgery when he was a sophomore, actually stood to receive his diploma.  With the help of two aides, braces and a walker this amazing young man stood and got himself across the stage where he accepted his award while the entire class rose to their feet and gave him a standing ovation.

The other thing that happened was that as each student left the stage, the principal Mr. Collins (who is retiring) met them to offer handshakes and hugs.  Each student clipped a bright yellow closepin on his robe.  This is a game the Class of 2010 played this year called "pegging" where the object was to clip a closepin on someone without them knowing and you got points.  BUT, if you got a closepin on Mr. Collins you won the game--period.  No one ever got one on him.  Until today.

"The class of 2010 has always had me pegged!" he proclaimed while looking like a yellow porcupine.  I have a feeling he didn't mind at all.  Kevin says Mr. Collins is the best principal ever.  I think so too.  Sand Creek High School has been a positive experience for him.

Here are a few pictures:

Two crazy brothers!
Mr. Collins gets pegged!
The Sand Creek High School Class of 2010!!
AJ, Kevin and Me.  What a great day.


Rach said...

Sounds like a completely perfect graduation ceremony, and what a fun principal!! Can you believe both of your boys are done with high school??

Mel said...

Congrats to Kevin. I will miss Mr Collins--hope the next one is just as good. WOW--can you say EMPTY NESTER!!!!! Ok, maybe not right now, but oh so very soon!