So long, for now |

So long, for now

(This letter was originally addressed to the “Community of Aspen High School.)Dear Editor:It has been Haylen’s and my great pleasure to serve as your head girl and head boy for this school year. Together, as a community, we had many great triumphs on and off the sports fields – we are now home of the State Champions in both men’s skiing and men’s hockey; we greatly increased attendance at our sporting events; we raised over $40,000 to help eradicate violence in Africa through education; we saw a successful Ski Day, raising over $6,000 to a local family in need.Together we also faced many and serious challenges – we had to say goodbye to a beloved teacher in September; we saw a dramatic change of football coaches; we regrettably lost four parents of students in our community; and the horrific events that took place in Bailey, Colo., Pennsylvania, and Virginia came all too close to home as our own campus was closed after a shooting threat.With the triumphs, we celebrated together as a community. From the challenges, we grew as a community.However, these are the things that make the headlines in the newspapers and cannot account for the smaller things that make Aspen High School so unique and great.Only at AHS will you see students at a football game, cheering and armed with red and black body paint, as inch after inch of snow falls.Only at AHS will you see students and teachers heading out of the valley in the spring, volunteering to help better the lives of those they don’t even know.And yes, only at AHS will you see students packing up their backpacks and heading over to the chairlift in our backyard.To our fellow graduates: These are the things that have shaped us, that have contributed to our character, and that we will bring with us as we spread to different parts of the country and world. Before you leave for those places, take a look at the map outside the commons and see where everyone’s going to be. Though we may be splitting up, we are not by any means detaching. We have grown together for the last four years; some of us even remember seeing each other on the first day of kindergarten!It is definitely surreal to be writing a farewell to all of you, but I know it’s just a farewell and not a goodbye – told me so. The 10-year reunion can’t come soon enough, but until then, I truly hope the best for everyone. Let us never lose touch with our roots in Aspen and our community at AHS.P.S.: Tucker and Grace, she’s all yours now. The steering wheel kinda veers to the left sometimes. Take good care of her. And good luck.Andy MacCracken and Haylen GregoryAspen High School graduates

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