Leadership comes natural to Lakewood graduates

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Ask Lakewood High School principal Ron Castagna about the graduating class of 2013, and he will speak about the diversity of students’ achievements this year.

“We’ve had some really outstanding accomplishments this year, and have a great deal of positive pride” he said. “Athletically the students have done really well, and we had students go out there and do some great projects.”

The class, which has earned nearly $15 million in scholarship funds, will walk across the stage at the University of Colorado Events Center on May 24.

Science at the high school was a leader this year, with the school’s science team taking the top place in the Colorado High School Science Bowl. The team defeated 42 other teams at the competition on Jan. 26 at Dakota Ridge High School in Littleton. The team only had one loss, against Cheyenne Mountain High School. Castagna added that some students were able to work with NASA on a project as well.

The students have also been very involved in the community, and the school’s Breathe Easy team was a leader in tobacco use prevention and healthier living.

This kind of leadership represents what the school strives to see in its students.

“Here we are a family, and we make sure to treat each other with respect,” Castagna said. “They’re a good, focused group of kids with some lofty goals, and they will serve well as our future leaders.”

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