Mother Nature was kind May 18, providing cloud cover to cool things down for the Englewood High School graduation ceremonies.
The ceremonies began at 9 a.m. when the Pirate band began playing “Pomp and Circumstance” as school officials and faculty members, followed by the graduates, filed into Englewood High School stadium.
In keeping with tradition, the faculty lined both sides of the track and filled the air with bubbles, and many shook hands with the graduates as the students came through on their way to their seats.
“Faculty lining the track is a beautiful tradition. I have always loved to watch it,” Charlotte Winfield said after the ceremonies. “I went to Englewood schools but wound up quitting and going into the service. I came back home after the service and got to know a lot of the kids who are graduating. I drove here today from Santa Fe because I wanted to support them and wish them the best.”
Jonathan Fore, EHS principal, opened the ceremonies by congratulating the graduates on their accomplishments, citing the awards and honors the school won in the 2012-2013 school year. He said he was proud to say that 72 percent of Englewood High School students took part in Pirate athletics or activities.
This year’s program highlighted the talents of graduates as seven members of the Class of 2013 either sang or made speeches.
Other featured speaker included Englewood Mayor Randy Penn, former University of Colorado athlete Lance Carl and teacher Samuel Irving, selected by the graduates to speak.
Members of the school board presented the graduates with their diplomas, and then it was time for class president Jeffery Donahoo to lead the graduates in tossing their hats into the air.
Friends and family showered Cinthia Esparza with flower and balloons.
“It is nice for so many friends and family to come to my graduation,” she said with a smile. “This is a time to celebrate but I have to get ready because I plan to go to the University of Colorado-Denver and study political science.”
Friends and fellow graduates hugged and shook hands with Damasjae Currington.
“I have enjoyed being at Englewood High School,” he said. “I think one thing I have seen is the growth of school spirit. I played sports and having people in the stands cheering us on was special to me.”
He said he’ll work to stay in shape as he prepared to go to Adams State University in Alamosa to play football for the Grizzly Bears.