Wolverines leaving with head held high

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Chaparral High School’s senior class is heading out into the world equipped with a strong determination to succeed.

The class motto, borrowed from Apple founder Steve Jobs, reflects not only their drive, but a willingness to be themselves: “The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

Numbers are still being tallied, but the 463 members of Chaparral’s class of 2013 have racked up more than $13 million in scholarships. And while they will be spread out at colleges and universities throughout the country, the class song, Phillip Phillips’ “Home,” shows the Wolverines’ attachment to their town.

Outgoing Principal Ron Peterson, a longtime fixture at Chaparral High School and an immense influence on the students who have passed through its doors, will bid a fond farewell and leave the class with a few final words of wisdom.

Speeches will also be made by a handful of students, including senior class President Emma Sullivan. The other class officers include Vice President Kristen Sjobakken, Secretary Jill Hanrahan and Treasurer Katarina Hine.

The upcoming commencement ceremony — at 9 a.m. May 23 at Sports Authority Stadium in Parker — will bring tears of joy to the seniors and tears of pride from family members.

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