Leaders graduate at Wheat Ridge

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Ask Wheat Ridge High School principal Griff Wirth to describe the 2013 graduating class with one word, and the answer will be “leaders.”

“We have a really deeply committed group of leaders, and they’ve been very visible leaders in the school,” Wirth said. “We also have a lot of students who have stepped up to be informal leaders in the community.”

These leaders will be taking to the stage to receive their diplomas on Friday, May 24,at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House is Denver.

The graduating class includes a Boettcher Scholarship winner — Liam McGrail — and a Daniels Fund Scholarship winner — Gladys Juarez.

Students will spreading out all over the country to different schools and jobs as they begin the next chapter in their lives.

Wirth said that there were several organizations that really helped to improve not only the school, but the community as well. Groups like Wheat Ridge’s senate, honor society, key club and Las Amigas all volunteered to help make the area around them a better place.

“Our athletic director was always encouraging athletes to go out and volunteer,” Wirth said. “We also had English classes that went to Pennington Elementary to help their students with language arts.”

At the 31st annual Farmers 5,000 5K race volunteers and runners helped to raise nearly $25,000 for the school.

“It’s been a year of great accomplishments and achievements,” Wirth said. “We really believe that these students are going to go out and make a different no matter where they are.”

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