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FREDERICK -- With a salute to two fallen classmates, Frederick High School's class of 2014 received its dipliomas May 24 on the school's football field.
There was a tribute to the late Jordan McMullen, complete with a release of purple balloons. The class also remembered Jesus Carmona, who died almost a year ago in a car crash in Weld County.
"In my 20 years of education, I've never felt more connected to a group of graduates," FHS Principal Pete Vargas said. "You have every right to enjoy your syuccess. As you move on to your new phase in life, all of us are very proud of you. There is more learning to take place. But for now, let's enjoy what you have accomplished to this point."
Faculty commencement speaker Jon Bassoff encouraged the graduates to not worry "about bad reviews."
"People aren't going to give you a gfreat review. And that's OK," he said. "If you live to please everyone else, you risk losing your moral compass."
We'll have more on the graduation exercises in the May 28 Carbon Valley Farmer and Miner.