Caps off: Snowmass Village seniors to graduate Aspen High School on Saturday
Cue the processional — with final exams complete, the end of springs sports and prom in the past, Aspen High School seniors are ready to walk across the stage at the Benedict Music Tent and accept their diplomas Saturday.
In Snowmass, 21 seniors who call the village home will graduate with big plans for their futures. In honor of this milestone, the Snowmass Sun is continuing its tradition of featuring our local graduates as they close one chapter of their lives and prepare for the next.
Below are the Snowmass Village seniors who responded to the Snowmass Sun by press time.
President of the Young Entrepreneurs Club, Charlotte Couturier also took International Baccalaureate art throughout her junior and senior years.
She also participated in Circle of Friends at the senior center and is a member of the National Honors Society and National Business Honors Society.
While Couturier said she has many fond memories from her time at Aspen High School, “going on ex-ed each year and meeting new people” is among the top.
“It is such a great opportunity to bond with others,” she said. “I really enjoyed going to Mississippi with my ex-ed to learn about the civil rights movement.”
Post-high school, Couturier intends to major in business administration with an emphasis in marketing at Chapman University in California.
Four-year varsity baseball player Samuel Dresser doubled in varsity basketball his senior season, which served as one of his favorite memories throughout his four years at Aspen High School.
Dresser, a recipient of the Snowmass Village Community Fund scholarship as well as the Elks Lodge scholarship, said the basketball team played “really well” and earned the opportunity to compete in a few playoff games in Eaton.
After Aspen, Dresser will attend the college of arts and sciences at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
As a sophomore, Grace Ferguson made her mark with the school’s aerospace and aviation program as the first female to solo her own flight. Ferguson was a varsity tennis player, alpine ski team racer and an active member of Earth Group. She also worked the recycling program at the Snowmass Rodeo for the past two summers.
Her favorite high school memory was biking 300 miles around San Francisco on the Bay Area Bike Tour.
In the fall, Ferguson will matriculate at the University of Virginia where she will major in global studies and the environment.
When he wasn’t playing on Aspen’s varsity golf, hockey and lacrosse teams, Henry Ferguson participated in the Future Business Leaders of America organization and was a member of the National Honor Society.
“My favorite high school memories are of my home playoff games this senior year,” Ferguson said. “The hockey game versus Ralston Valley this winter and the state semifinal lacrosse game against Cheyenne Mountain.”
Like many of his peers and Aspen alums before him, Ferguson will attend the University of Colorado at Boulder come fall.
Jackson Ferraro is an avid member of the big mountain ski team via the Aspen Valley Skiing and Snowboard Club. Through Aspen High School’s programs, he sharpened his skills in graphic design and producing.
Ferraro said his favorite memories are meeting people throughout his time at Aspen, “whether it be in a class or (on) ex-ed.”
He will attend Western State University in Gunnison to study entrepreneurship and graphic design.
Four-year varsity baseball player and National Honor Society member Charlie Guilander also was involved with Future Business Leaders of America.
Guilander’s favorite memory is “playing sports with all of my boys.”
He will attend the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Elizabeth Freeman split her time at Aspen between the track and field and softball teams and her involvement with the Young Curators of the Roaring Fork Valley.
Ex-ed trips and visiting museums and art in Los Angeles top her favorite high school memories.
In spring of 2019, Freeman will begin at the Metropolitan State University of Denver.
A well-rounded athlete throughout high school, Jane Marolt participated in lacrosse, alpine skiing, volleyball and cross country.
Marolt also was involved with Aspen’s Action in Africa organization as well as Model United Nations, Future Business Leaders of America and the Buddy Program.
Her favorite memories are “ex-ed, soul surfers and cataract canyon.”
Beginning fall, Marolt will matriculate at the University of Southern California, where she intends to study mechanical engineering, on a presidential scholarship.
Four-year varsity lacrosse player Caroline Moriarty served as president of the Action in Africa club from her sophomore to senior years.
Throughout her tenure at Aspen, Moriarty embarked on three service trips to Uganda and also was a member of the Future Business Leaders of America and National Honor Society.
Her favorite high school memory is from her senior year ex-ed Bay Area bike tour trip.
Moriarty will attend Dickinson College in the fall, where she hopes to study international relations and walk onto the women’s lacrosse team.
Aspen Robotics Team captain Freja Perin doubled as the high school’s literary magazine editor.
The Brain Bowl Club and National Honor Society member will graduate in the top 10 percent of the class of 2018.
Perin’s favorite memory, in addition to ex-ed, will be of her “amazing” teachers.
She will attend Tufts University, where she plans to major in astrophysics or engineering.
WILLIAM (LIAM) RIGNEY
Throughout his high school career, four-sport varsity athlete Liam Rigney dedicated more than 100 hours of his time to community service.
Rigney participated in Aspen’s Sister Cities exchange program, visiting Bariloche, Argentina and also hosting students from other countries.
In addition to playing on the golf, soccer, hockey and lacrosse teams, Rigney was involved with the high school’s International Baccalaureate arts program, Model United Nations and the Student Athlete Leadership Team.
His favorite memory is “ex-ed, for sure.”
“It is such an amazing and unique program — Havasupai Falls, canoeing, canyoneering and cycling in San Francisco,” Rigney said. “I will always remember these trips.”
Rigney is headed next to the University of Chicago, where he is leaning toward environmental science as a major.
Aspen’s Architecture Club founder Cameron Seltzer also helped establish the high school’s Student Athlete Leadership Team.
A member of the National Honors Society and Action in Africa, Seltzer also was on the alpine ski team and played varsity football, lacrosse and hockey.
Seltzer said it is tough to choose a single favorite memory from high school, but “the experiential-education programs over all four years were the most memorable.”
“The program does an exceptional job of bringing a different type of education to the students,” he said. “Over the four years, I participated in two river trips, a bike tour around the Bay Area and a fly fishing trip through the Flat Tops of Colorado. These experiences will follow me wherever I go throughout my life.”
Seltzer will attend the University of Southern California to study architecture.
A 12-year dancer with the School of Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Danielle Sinko also performed on the high school’s dance team and served as an American ambassador with the Russian American Foundation.
When she wasn’t dancing, Sinko volunteered with the Buddy Program and Read With Me group and also was involved with Pathfinders and the Beta Club/Outreach Service Club, among other organizations.
Sinko, a member of the National Honor and National Business Honor societies, intends to major in marketing at the University of Colorado at Boulder Leeds School of Business.
Soccer player Delaney Sinko volunteered her time throughout high school with the Earth Group Club and Operation Smiles as well as the Buddy Program and Read With Me.
The four-year honor roll student said that a sailing trip her sophomore year “was a new experience for me and I learned a lot about sailing and the ocean, but also created some strong friendships with kids that were in different grades than me,” Sinko said. “Even now, after the majority of those students have graduated, the trip is a fond memory that I will hold with me for the rest of my life.”
Sinko will attend Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, to study biomedical engineering.
Four-year varsity sport player Ty Yocum participated in ice hockey, baseball, lacrosse and golf, Future Business Leaders of America and volunteered at the Snowmass Rodeo.
Yocum also earned all-conference in hockey and won the Aspen Ambassador Award.
As far as his most fond high school memories, Yocum said, “Ex-ed has constantly been great experiences — especially my junior year, I went on the Bay Area bike tour, which is a 300-mile bike trip around San Fransisco,” Yocum continued. “That trip I really connected with the people in other classes and the leaders. I also tested my endurance and had a great time.”
Yocum will study at Georgia Tech, where he plans to study mechanical engineering.