Golden graduates move on

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It was a year for the record books at Golden High School.

“I think it was our dance teams first state title (in jazz), and we had an individual state title winner in wrestling, which was the first in more than something like 50 years,” Golden High School Principal Brian Conroy said.

The school was on the verge of winning the girls’ and boys’ track league championships as well.

For the arts, the drama department presented three productions that Conroy said met with great reviews.

The school’s percussion ensemble again placed in state competition, and made the trip to Ohio to play in the national competition.

The senior class of 2013 set some of its own records too, such as the Golden class with the best graduation rate ever.

“We’ve got kids going to Dartmouth, Arizona State, CU, CSU, the California schools. And I think we have six kids that have already committed to the military,” Conroy said.

“This class is a small one, so I’ve got to know quite a few of them. They’re funny, they’re articulate, good quality kids,” Conroy said.

As examples, Conroy said seniors participated in numerous community service projects this year. Two helped with a school supply donation drive to aid impoverished Native American reservations. Others volunteered as tutors for elementary and middle schools.

This year, Golden High School implemented a new bullying prevention program.

“It was really spearheaded by our seniors who said we will roll this out to the rest of the school, and to the other schools in the area,” Conroy said.

He said the result was a dramatic reduction in bullying incidents.

“I’m going to miss this class,” Conroy added.

“They are a funny, nice class and they’re going to go off to do great things.”

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