When the Class of 2013 at Mountain Vista High School walks across the stage at Red Rocks Amphitheatre May 22, those in attendance will no doubt hear the word “leadership” used to describe them.
“They have been excellent senior leaders,” said Assistant Principal Alan Long. “They have led the way for all of the other classes and have set the example for everything we have done – citizenship, leadership, sportsmanship, all of those things.”
The class helped to raise more than $20,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation this school year while granting three different children their wishes, prompting student leadership sponsor Doreen Smith to call them “an inspiration.”
“This is an amazingly talented group that understands the true definition of service leadership,” Smith said. “They held a leadership conference with all of our feeder schools in January and students provided workshops (for the younger kids).”
Mountain Vista graduating seniors will continue to hone their leadership schools at such institutions of higher learning as New York University, Columbia, Carnegie Mellon, Bard College, Creighton University, Emory University, Boston College, Yale and Notre Dame. The Class of 2013 also boasts one National Merit finalist and Boettcher Scholar.
In addition the parting Golden Eagles have had their taste of athletic success. Some of the class played a role in winning 2010-2011 state titles in field hockey or girls’ soccer, and the girls’ soccer team also opened the playoffs this year and last as the No. 1 seed.
MVHS Class of 2013 fast facts:
Commencement: 2 p.m. May 22 at Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Total Enrollment: 2085
Graduating Class Size: 505
Senior Class Officers: Student Body President: Laura Londono; Student Body Vice President: Lyndsey Dent; Student representatives: Danielle Cushing, Allie Holtschneider and Gabbi Miranda
Class Motto: “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined.” – Henry David Thoreau
Mascot: Golden Eagles