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Graduation 2017

'The best you've ever seen'

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Kaelynn Kenny learned a lot of things during her four years at Chaparral High School, the most important of which was how to make origami frogs.

"They're bendable, moldable, and oh so practical for passing notes in class," Kenny said, addressing Chaparral's graduating class of 2017 on May 17 at EchoPark Stadium in Parker. More importantly, she added, "they can change to become better versions of themselves."

The seniors receiving their diplomas, Kenny said, are not unlike those origami frogs, all folded uniquely and all ready to take what they learned in high school to make their way in the world.

Principal Greg Gotchey, who began his term at Chaparral the same year the graduates did, included himself as a member of the class when they were incoming freshmen. Their unofficial class slogan, "2017 - best you've ever seen," was fitting, he said, adding that Chaparral seniors earned more than $11 million in college scholarships.

"No matter what, you'll always be a member of the Chap family," Gotchey said. "I love you, Godspeed."

Photos by Tom Skelley

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