Ponderosa High School’s class of 2013 will gather to reflect on the past and celebrate what is sure to be a bright future.
The school’s commencement ceremony at 8 a.m. May 21 at Sports Authority Stadium in Parker will be marked by moments of sheer joy, seen on the faces of those finally receiving their diplomas, and wild applause from brothers, sisters, parents and grandparents.
The approximately 296 Mustangs who will graduate this year have a lot to smile about. They have relied not only on teachers to get them through, but also the support of friends. That closeness is reflected in the choice of class song, Jack Johnson’s “Better Together.” Class President Chet Shutack and Principal Chuck Puga will be among those speaking about the Class of 2013 during the graduation event.
The seniors’ outlook on the future is summed up by a quote from a movie that came out the year many of them were born. The catchphrase from Disney Pixar’s “Toy Story” came from Buzz Lightyear, “To infinity and beyond!”
The 1,150-student school is sending a new group out to conquer its goals, but those who are leaving won’t soon forget where they got their foundation for success.