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Commencement ceremony inspires all

Dear Editor:

Of all the graduations I’ve attended, including my own, I’ve never seen or heard a more uplifting, funny, emotional and beautiful ceremony! From Klaus Obermeyer with his words of wisdom, “Behind every problem is an opportunity,” to Michael Zimet, the valedictorian, wearing his Ex-Ed clown nose, sending his class off to college with an optimistic outlook on life, and everyone between, the graduation left us feeling inspired as this class of 2012 does. The students are all remarkable in their own way.

The musical performers did an outstanding job. I must give kudos to my daughter, Britt Hopkins, who was missed from the graduation article on Sunday. We were very proud of her and her gift to her senior class in writing, composing and singing her song for the ceremony, titled “In 10 Years.” I hope we will see many of the seniors returning to Aspen before that time.

The seniors are very welcomed and loved here in this amazing community and school district. I thank the scholarship committee and all the donors who give our students extra help in obtaining their goals and reaching their potential. I’ve been very fortunate to work alongside many super parents and teachers through the years who have given and done so much for this class so that they may succeed and feel our support.

Project Graduation was icing on the cake. Wow, what a party and celebration! These students must know how loved they are with all the man-hours that went into planning such a lovely event. Thank you to all the donors, the Aspen Club and Spa, local restaurants and stores, parents, teachers and our whole community for making this such a memorable gift.

Let us keep Hayden Spurrell and his family in our thoughts and prayers. May he recover soon and be back in Aspen smiling and biking again.

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I wish the whole class of 2012 much success in your new adventures. You will be sorely missed, so please come visit often. Keep a smile on your face, don’t forget what you’ve accomplished through all your outdoor and Ex-Eds, and you can do anything.

Eva Lemley

Aspen

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