Chaparral grads 'do more to be more'

Posted 5/22/18

Evan Meaney, valedictorian for the 2018 Chaparral High School graduating class, remembered walking into the school for the first time four years ago. “Four years have come and gone so quickly,” …

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Chaparral grads 'do more to be more'

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Evan Meaney, valedictorian for the 2018 Chaparral High School graduating class, remembered walking into the school for the first time four years ago.

“Four years have come and gone so quickly,” Meaney told the crowd of nearly 2,000 attendees during his speech at EchoPark Stadium in Parker on May 22. “When I came in as a freshman, a senior told me `you gotta do more to be more.' As we lie on the brink of the rest of our lives, consider the inspiration you've all had, and let's pay it forward.”

Kendall Rossing thanked the Chaparral family for helping her get through the loss of her father her junior year. Rossing had returned from a DECA trip when her mother gave her the devastating news that her father had passed away.

“I had every opportunity to give up,” said Rossing. “But my friends, my teachers, this school, wouldn't let me. I would not be here today without my Chap family.”

Principal Greg Gotchey wrapped up the ceremony with words of praise and support.

“Collectively, you received more than $12 million in scholarships, you gave generously through Wish Week, and you made the Chap family a community event,” said Gotchey. “Be proud. Walk tall.”

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