Spring 2015


Congrats to the Class of 2015!!!


What I’m looking forward to most about summer break is not worrying about school starting again and just relaxing and focusing more on myself and my future plans.  Graduating says “I made it” for those who thought I wouldn’t succeed because they judged my book by its cover.  They were, and are, extremely wrong and all I can say is I’m extremely proud to know I’m going to do this like I said I would. No obstacle could stop me or stand in my way, and even though I don’t plan on walking with my class, I do plan on receiving my diploma.

After graduation, that’s the day when life truly begins. You have to start thinking for your future, the possible little ones in your future, your current little ones, and the ones who you consider to be your motivation.  Just enjoying my spare time this summer is going to be most important.  Becoming an adult and having to endure surviving in the real world is the mission to take on for the rest of the time.    -Andra K.

I’m excited for summer simply because I won’t have to worry about school, just like everyone else. I am hoping that my boyfriend and I will be able to go to lots of shows at Red Rocks!

I will probably spend most of my summer hiking and camping, I just got myself a new dirt bike so I’m super excited to get to ride. My boyfriend and I love to go hiking at Castle Wood Canyon so I will most likely be spending most of my summer there. My new puppy Tyson loves hiking with us and he can be off the leash so it’s fun to just have him follow us everywhere and not run away. My dad really loves to go camping in Buena Vista, Colorado and he just bought a new RV that we can walk around in while were driving so I’m excited to go camping in it.

I also want to travel to Chicago to visit my family. I have traveled to Chicago every summer to go see my mom’s side of the family, and my Yaya (mom’s mom) is in the hospital as of yesterday so I will definitely be going out there to see her and take care of her.  I am really looking forward to summer break because summer is my favorite season, and my birthday is four days after school gets out. So I will probably be doing something really fun for my 16th birthday since its right when school gets out. My birthday is on a Sunday this year so it will be nice to be able to not worry about school since it will be out of session!            -Erin T.

This summer is going to be really fun and exciting this year, I can feel it.  I am going to miss school a little bit because I got into learning about numerous things that I never knew about and I can carry my knowledge to the future.

This year, I am going to enjoy myself no matter what happens.  I am going to play music endlessly and have nothing else to worry about because that is all I really want to do with my life is just studying music and making it with my own hands.  Then my brothers and I are going to go camping a lot and that one of my favorite parts of summer.  I don’t know the reason why it is, there is just something about it that makes me feel free of all the stress of normal life.  It’s even better because I get to spend with my little brother Dylan.  Hopefully it will turn into a good summer full of happiness.  I think this is going to be the best summer yet.  -Donovan A.


Growing up and mostly throughout school, we hate it. We hate the classes we’re given, dislike the people we go to school with, and dread waking up so early in the morning.  We’ve all been there and it’s very understandable.

However, the importance of education is frequently underestimated.  See, we live in a generation where technology is booming, and to obtain a good paying job, it is necessary that you have at least 4 years of a college education.

Now, if we break it down, it is extremely difficult to get into college without a high school diploma.  High school is difficult!  I, out of many students, understand the struggle of making it through high school with good grades, carrying a full time job, full time college, and trying to balance everything going on at home. I really do get it.  However, your diploma is necessary.  But as teenagers, we’re too cool for school and tend to mess around thinking it is just a free education when in reality, this is opening our doors for a future education that will help us live comfortably in life.

Once you get to college, it’s no longer free. Someone is going to be paying for it.  To get a good job, other than fast food or something paying minimum wage, it is necessary.  This is why education is important. It is the foundation of any life into your adulthood.  It will open a brighter future for you and your career.  It will allow you to walk through doors that would not be available to you if you did not have an education.  -Ashley K.

If I Had $10 Million

10 million dollars is a lot of money, and I think it’s safe to say that most people (including me) would help their families first. I would put my family out of debt and buy them nice houses up to 300,000 because I have way too much family to be giving them million dollar houses.

In terms of college, I would pay my husband’s, mine, and my 2 son’s first 4 years. After 4 years, if they want to continue then they can pay it themselves because even though I can afford it, they need to know that nothing comes free in this world (even if mom/wife is a millionaire).

In all honesty, I would just want to live the same way I do now, but just a little bit better.  I wouldn’t buy fancy cars and a mansion because that money will run out and I don’t want to be in a position where I can’t afford to pay my bills.  Money is important to me and I can’t say if I would be happier with it, but it would be nice to be a millionaire.  -Geneva A.

If I had 10 million  dollars, first I would donate to my church. The reason why I would donate to my church is because I would be paying off my ties and giving back to God. The second thing that I would do with my money is provide and build a house for the homeless.  This has been my dream all my life.  If I provided a house, food, and clothes until someone got back on their feet to start working, I would be somebody’s hero for once.

The third thing I would do with my money is give back to my parents and grandma because they’re the ones that provided for me all my life.  The only way that I would be able to pay them back is with money so they can enjoy it and buy what ever they want to buy.

The very last thing I would do with my money after figuring how much I have left is to put money in my bank account to save for college or a car because I think that would give me a head start on my goals.  Having 10 million would be a good thing because it would save my life and someone else’s life that needed it.  -Rhomel B.

10 Years From Now

In ten years from now, I don’t even know where I will be.  I can’t imagine how my life will be; It’s just something I never put too much thought into.

I am not a typical person who has their whole life set and planned out in front of them; I honestly am just going with the flow.  I hope that I will not be homeless or unsuccessful, and I hope I’m happy with where I will be.  In ten years I will be 28.  I don’t see myself married or having any kids.  I don’t think at 28 I will be ready for all of that responsibility. I know in ten years I will not be the complete same person as I am now; for goodness sake, I am not even the same person I was a year ago.  I realized I don’t laugh as much; I just have been beyond stressed. 

I don’t know my place in the world as of now.  My main goal is to get my diploma then see where I can get from there!  I know life isn’t easy and things that are good don’t come easy; I know I will work my butt off to be successful in ten years!  I honestly just hope I appreciate everything in life to the fullest, and take things step by step with no rushing.  I know if I am patient and caring, that even if I’m not as successful as I’d like  be, in ten years I will be content with where I am. T en years ago, at the age of eight I never thought that I would be doing online school and that I would have moved so many times within my last two years of high school.  I never saw myself to be the person I am today.  Things change, and they change for a reason.  So wherever I am in ten yes, no matter where it is, I will be there for a reason!  -Samantha G.

Ten years from now seems something so unfathomable, but it’s crazy how life flashes by before your eyes.

I envision myself living my life exactly the way I want to: a successful and well-known tattoo artist.  I know it’s not going to happen from one day to the next, but I know I’m going to get there: I’m already taking the necessary steps.

This fall I’ll be getting into phlebotomy. I know phlebotomy and tattooing aren’t relatable, but phlebotomy is going to be my base foundation.  It’s a stable, fast, well paying career that would help me raise money for an apprenticeship.  Apprenticeships are not easy or cheap, so it’d be smart to have a career that I can always go back to.

Relationship-wise, I honestly don’t see myself with anyone at the moment but in ten years a lot can happen.  Who knows, maybe I’ll be married!  Maybe kids? I doubt it, but like I said, a lot can happen.

I’ve always imagined myself living somewhere in the northwest, like Washington.  The best music scene came from Washington.  Many great tattoo artists are from Washington, and I would love to learn from the best.  The weather in Washington is just perfect: there’s the rocky coast and the rainy weather, but theres also beautiful mountains and scenery that Colorado could never have because its always so sunny.

The most important thing to me is my happiness.  It may seem selfish, but in the end this is my life and I have to live it the way that makes me happy.  I wasn’t put here for the acceptance of others.  I have done a lot on my own, and I know I’m far from done doing a lot on my own, but I have learned to never expect anything from anyone and to work twice as hard for my own self satisfaction.  At the end of the day, ten years from now I hope to be content with where life has taken me.  I don’t strive to be rich; I just strive to be happy with my own self.  -Evelyn L.

10 years from now I see myself owning my own gym.  In order to reach this goal successfully, I’ll have to go to school and receive certification, and then proceed to either save enough money to get myself started, or take out a loan.  Hopefully I will be married with 2-4 kids at minimum.  I hope to have a two story house with a basement, with enough rooms to create comfort for my family and any friends or family members visiting.  My home will probably either still be somewhere within Colorado or any state that’s fairly warm and doesn’t have frantic weather. 

The things that will be important to me at that time are the same as they are now.  I’m going to continue to improve my placement in the world in order to make my family’s living better, and to keep all the people around me happy however I can.  The only thing that I can say would be different about me compared to now is I would actually be happy.  I hope to have all that I wish for, which is pretty much not being lonely and having a family.   -Monte W.

Im standing over my 5 by 10 patio deck upstairs in my 5 bedroom 5 bathroom mansion estate.  I gaze down upon my 8 foot pool settled down below in my courtyard stamped with my EX.D decal, nestled right in the middle of a row of 10 lawn chairs, a basketball court to the far left, and my personal cabana and spa room lined to the right of my pool. I take in a deep breath of the California air and I began to take in the scenery around me: the palm trees snaking up to the heavens above, the sun-kissed glow going along my freshly trimmed grass stretched along my 158 acres of land, and not a cloud in the sky. The sun is shining bright, clear across the sky for miles. I can see it for as far as I’m looking.  Down below I can see a few of my house guests enjoying the activities lined up along my yard, and I can see my maid Theresa scrambling to pick up the mess of cups and plates from one of my many events I have recently had in the passing weekend before my Fiancé, August gets a glimpse of it.  He should be back home from his world tour to Europe soon.  I’m expecting him and my best friend Ayana’s boyfriend, Chris, sometime this evening.  I sure have missed him while he was gone.  I know duty calls, and being that that he has had 65 million singles sold, is a platinum recording artist and a 5 time nominee, and award winner of a few Grammys, I expect that he is always busy and on the run.  However, I am no stay at home Betty Crocker myself.  I am an actress, video vixen, model, and entrepreneur.  I can hear my teacup Yorkee, Beijing, barking in the near distance.  I turn around right in time to see her and my butler Marcus on their way to me.  He is holding a dish with the lid over it but steaming, and she is right at his heels barking.  Yeah, this is the life for me!  – Diamond M.


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