Castle View High School

Taking the long view

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Hayley Carpenter waves in excitement at the crowd after her name is called during Castle View High School's graduation ceremony at Red Rocks Amphitheater on May 21.
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Thomas Rivera drops to his knees after his name is called to receive a diploma during Castle View High School's graduation ceremony at Red Rocks Amphitheater on May 21.
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Joseph Hunsaker, the Castle View wrestler who broke his neck during a meet in February, takes his diploma with a smile from DougCo school board director Judith Reynolds during his commencement ceremony on May 21 at Red Rocks Amphitheater.
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Senior Evan Albert performs a song he wrote titled "Timeless" at Castle View High School's graduation ceremony at Red Rocks on May 21.
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Parker Lewis pulls out a confetti popper during his speech for the Biotechnology and Health Sciences Academy at Castle View High School's commencement ceremony at Red Rocks Amphitheater on May 21.
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With eyes to the future and hearts full of nostalgia, 416 Castle View High School graduates shuffled, danced, cartwheeled, fist-pumped and waved their way across the Red Rocks Amphitheatre stage to collect their diplomas on May 21 with $3 million more in scholarships than the year prior. Students screamed with joy as principal Dr. James Calhoun serenaded the seniors with “Over the Rainbow” and applauded as faculty speaker Matt Adams urged the departing students to remain realistic about their dreams, evoking Wesley from Princess Bride: “Life is pain, Highness. Anyone who says differently is selling something.”

Photos by Hannah Garcia