123 graduate from Goshen County schools

May 22, 2018 GMT

GOSHEN COUNTY — Years of academic work finally paid off for Goshen County seniors Sunday afternoon, when 123 students graduated from Lingle-Fort Laramie, Southeast and Torrington high schools.

At Southeast, salutatorian Will Fluckiger emphasized the importance of hard work to his classmates in his address.

Torrington valedictorian Megan Baker, who moved to Torrington after her freshman year, thanked the gathered staff and parents for their support during high school. She also thanked her fellow graduates.

“I know for certain that my high school experience would have been a lot more harrowing without my amazing friends and athletes,” she said, “and I would not have experienced the growth I’ve had for the past three years without you.”

At Lingle-Fort Laramie, where agriculture teacher and FFA advisor Jason Groene provided the keynote address. He implored the graduates to try to make a difference in the lives of people around them.

“Instead of circumventing the system, make a difference by becoming part of the system,” he said, “and help develop processes that help everyone.”

For two of the principals, this was their last graduation. Torrington High School’s Credic Cooper said he was particularly affected to see some of the troubled students make it to graduation.

“It was very emotional,” he said. “When you have the opportunity to see students cross the stage that had a lot of obstacles to overcome, it’s very emotional to me.”

As his next position will be as a middle school principal, Sunday was also Cooper’s last time taking part in a high school graduation ceremeony.

“For that to be my last high school graduation,” he said, “that means a lot to me.”

Lingle-Fort Laramie principal Lane Stratton said he was proud of his last graduating class.

“This was one of the best classes academically that the school’s ever had,” he said. “It was a very academic and strong group of kids, from top to bottom.”

Superintendent Jean Chrostoski attended all three of the graduations.

“I get to see all three different communities,” she said. “I enjoy seeing what (the graduates’) intentions are. It’s good to see our kids make it.”

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