Snowmass seniors taking off in all directions |

Snowmass seniors taking off in all directions

Jill Beathard
Snowmass Sun
Jill Beathard/Snowmass Sun

Snowmass high school seniors have been busy, what with finals, prom and finally their pending graduation on May 25.

But they’ve also got a lot to look forward to after this week. The 10 seniors from Snowmass Village and five from Old Snowmass in Aspen High School’s class of 2013 are taking off in all directions next fall.

Allie Dresser, of Snowmass Village, will attend Saint Mary’s College at Notre Dame to pursue nursing and psychology.

“I chose this school because my mother went there, the location is amazing, for what the school offers as a whole, and its connection with Notre Dame,” Dresser said.

Dresser participated in volleyball, basketball, lacrosse and swimming at Aspen High School until suffering a knee injury her junior year. She stayed involved, though, joining the Student Booster Club and acting as senior captain this school year. She also was a National Honor Society student and received the Snowmass Chapel scholarship.

This year’s crop of Snowmass seniors is an athletic bunch. Like Dresser, many of them played a variety of sports. Sally McGuren, of Snowmass Village, played varsity soccer and participated in youth refereeing and coaching, primarily goalie coaching. McGuren will attend a two-week soccer camp in California and play in a recreational league in Aspen this summer before heading off to Rollins College in Florida.

“(Rollins) is small and personal and has a huge study-abroad program with a competitive soccer team,” McGuren said. “It has a big international business and affairs program that I am interested in, also.”

One of McGuren’s favorite memories from high school is winning the league championship title for varsity soccer.

Erik Wehse, of Snowmass Village, also played varsity soccer throughout his high school career and was kicker on the football team his junior and senior years. Winning the state championship in soccer his freshman year is his favorite memory.

Wehse will attend Northwest College in Wyoming, which he chose specifically for its soccer program. The student council and National Honor Society member plans to enjoy this summer.

“I will spend the summer training every day and camping with friends as much as possible,” he said.

Zach Kendrick, of Snowmass Village, ski raced, played tennis and joined the robotics and math clubs. Kendrick’s favorite memories came from the International Baccalaureate math and physics classes.

Kendrick said he will spend this summer “building a digital clock, tutoring (and) having fun” before going off to Princeton this fall. Kendrick received math and Spanish awards from the Rotary Club, the Harold Goldsmith Memorial Scholarship and the Aspen Scholar Award.

Mikayla Bates, of Snowmass Village, was very involved in the community during high school. She joined the Outreach Club at school and volunteered at the Snowmass Rodeo for a summer and at the Chalk It Up event for two years.

Bates is headed out of town sooner than most, starting at The Salon Professional Academy in Grand Junction in July.

“My favorite Aspen High School memories are meeting new people, having amazing teachers that help you and inspire you to do your best, and last is being a part of the Experiential Education Program at Aspen High School that happens every year,” Bates said.

Many seniors named Experiential Education as a favorite memory. Kaitlyn Sorenson-Black named her backpacking trip to San Francisco and road trip from Aspen to San Diego specifically. Sorenson-Black — who played basketball for four years, volleyball and lacrosse for one and soccer for two — will attend the University of South Florida next year.

“I chose this college because it is in a warmer climate, which I am looking forward to, and there are three hospitals on campus that you can internship at,” she said. “This appealed to me because I would like to have a profession dealing with medicine.”

Snowmass also has some seniors graduating from other schools. J.T. Tran attended Colorado Rocky Mountain School, where he participated in soccer, kayaking and climbing.

“My favorite memories were going to states for climbing with my closest friends, leading my soccer team through a not-so-great season and all the stories I shared with my roommate,” Tran said.

After spending his summer working in Snowmass and joining his parents for a graduation trip to Hawaii, Tran will attend Santa Clara University for biomedical engineering.

Two Snowmass Village residents, Elli Beasley and Devon Briggs, will be graduating from out-of-state schools. Briggs will graduate from Interlochen Arts Academy, where she focused on dance.

“My favorite memories of high school are seeing and being a part of the performances here,” Briggs said. “I go to school with some of the most talented kids in this country, and it has truly been the best part of high school.”

Briggs will continue her dance studies at Southern Methodist University this fall. She will teach classes at Dance Progressions in Aspen and take classes from Hubbard Street Dance Company in Chicago this summer.

Aspen High School graduation is at 1 p.m. on May 25. The graduating class has 117 seniors this year.

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