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(PHOTOS) Central High seniors mull over the future, discovering their purpose at spring 2024 graduation ceremony

Central High seniors file into the stadium for the graduation ceremony Friday, May 24 at Cheyenne Frontier Days Arena in Cheyenne. (Jared Gendron/Cap City News)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Hundreds of Central High students clad in red gowns and caps cheered on fellow classmates Friday afternoon for the spring 2024 senior class’s graduation ceremony.

Family and friends filed into stadium seats at Cheyenne Frontier Days Arena for the second graduation of Friday. During the ceremony, several speakers provided words of advice to the students before sending them off with well wishes.

Principal Karen Delbridge lauded her graduating class’s broad range of talents and accomplishments, stating if she listed all their achievements, “We would not have time for anything else.”

“In this moment, we are part of a tradition of excellence,” Delbridge said. “We are making history today. A legacy has been extended to us, and this ceremony is about each of you. You are part of a rich heritage of people who have gone out into the world and made a difference.”

Karen Delbridge, principal of Central High School, addresses her school’s spring 2024 graduating class during the graduation ceremony Friday, May 24 at Cheyenne Frontier Days Arena in Cheyenne. (Jared Gendron/Cap City News)

LCSD1 Superintendent Stephen Newton offered a few words to the graduating class. He emphasized that though it’s sad to see the students leave, it’s ultimately because they were never meant to stay; they were destined to discover their own paths.

“As they say, ships are indeed safe in the harbor, but that’s not why ships are built,” Newton said. “Ships are meant to travel the seas, and today we’ll set sail in a new way. … I hope your life is filled with all good things, but we also know that letting you go means that you will have to weather some storms without us. Our hope is that you now have all that you need for that journey.”

Student speaker Hailey Cooper encouraged her classmates to think carefully about their choices and how they will uplift their lives for the better down the road.

“Be the person someone comes to you and asks for great advice,” Cooper said. “Be the person everyone can rely on. Just be a good person. If you find that you didn’t make the right choice, just remember: You have a purpose.”

Student speaker Hailey Cooper from Central High School gives a speech during the graduation ceremony Friday, May 24 at Cheyenne Frontier Days Arena in Cheyenne. (Jared Gendron/Cap City News)
Seniors touting red graduation gowns and make their way to their seats for their graduation ceremony Friday, May 24 at Cheyenne Frontier Days Arena in Cheyenne. (Jared Gendron/Cap City News)
A Central High student receives his diploma from Tim Bolin, chair of the Laramie County School District 1 Board of Trustees, on Friday, May 24 at Cheyenne Frontier Days Arena in Cheyenne. (Jared Gendron/Cap City News)
Central High students watch the 2024 class ceremony from their seats Friday, May 24 at Cheyenne Frontier Days Arena in Cheyenne. (Jared Gendron/Cap City News)
A Central High student shakes hands and smiles for a photo during his class’s graduation ceremony Friday, May 24 at Cheyenne Frontier Days Arena in Cheyenne. (Jared Gendron/Cap City News)
A Central High student stands for a photo after receiving his diploma Friday, May 24 at Cheyenne Frontier Days Arena in Cheyenne. (Jared Gendron/Cap City News)
Christy Klaassen, vice chair of the Laramie County School District 1 Board of Trustees, holds a diploma and stands for a photo with a graduating student Friday, May 24 at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Arena in Cheyenne. (Jared Gendron/Cap City News)
A graduating senior from Central High School shows off his diploma during the graduation ceremony Friday, May 24 at Cheyenne Frontier Days Arena in Cheyenne. (Jared Gendron/Cap City News)
Central High senior clad in red graduation gowns and caps listen to a speech during the graduation ceremony Friday, May 24 at Cheyenne Frontier Days Arena in Cheyenne. (Jared Gendron/Cap City News)
A Central High senior shakes hands after getting his diploma Friday, May 24 at Cheyenne Frontier Days Arena in Cheyenne. (Jared Gendron/Cap City News)
A student gives a high five after receiving her diploma Friday, May 24 at Cheyenne Frontier Days Arena in Cheyenne. (Jared Gendron/Cap City News)

The following is a list of students who graduated from Central High School on Friday:

  • Cameron James Adney
  • Wyatt Anthony Afoula-Jones
  • Jaydon Dain Aguiar
  • Alexandria Kaye Alcorn
  • Analeea Nichole Anderson
  • Conrad Christopher Anderson
  • Liberty Noelle Araas
  • Sidney Lynn Armbrust
  • Alyssa Janae Averill
  • Kathryne Mary Axtell
  • Grace Elizabeth Baker
  • Vincent James Barton
  • Shawn Cooper Basart
  • Kayden John Bates
  • Trona Kay Bates
  • Ian Richard Bazinet
  • Karson James Bensley
  • Emma Joan Berg
  • Thomas Joseph Berta
  • Rachel Ann Bettey
  • Michael Austin
  • JiuCun Birge
  • Victoria Nicole Bishop
  • Kaitlyn Nicole Blackman
  • Brody Alan Bolejack
  • Corbin Scott Bowen
  • Ryan Thomas Bradley
  • Madelyn Elizabeth Brady
  • Harmonee Janae Brakey Nalley
  • Bridger Ryan Brokaw
  • Coulter Dean Brokaw
  • Carson Phinney Brown
  • Chase Reynold Brown
  • Ryder Michael Brown
  • Jayden Layne Browning
  • Spencer Wesley Browning Jr.
  • Anthony Christopher Broyles
  • Ashley Jade Bunch
  • Oscar Martin Burton
  • Cooper Hayden Bush
  • Cora Rae Byelich
  • Chance Robert Cairns
  • Nicolas Michael Cantu
  • Logan Dail Carter
  • Aaliyah Marie Castro
  • Avery Fae Cates
  • Jacksen Wane Chalmers
  • Jessica Helena Chavez
  • Sean Mathew Christopherson
  • James Xavier Cisco
  • Eva Zeman Collins
  • Ty Stephen Collins
  • Steven Roscoe Cone LeBeaumont
  • Rachel Madison Conrey
  • Hailey Madison Cooper
  • Madison Shawn Coughenour
  • Mason Fenley Counter
  • Nathan Spencer Courtright
  • Carter Alan Cox
  • Emma Novallie Crenshaw
  • Kylee Alexis Crofts
  • Axel Thomas Cross
  • Aspen Raye Custis
  • Logan William Custis
  • Alaylah Ruth Danielson
  • Carson Jeffrey Daugherty
  • Elizabeth Ann Davis
  • Liberty Grace Davis
  • Marco Vincent Debella
  • John Thomas DeBruyn IV
  • Marcus Thomas DeHoff
  • Mason Thomas DeHoff
  • Beau David Delancey
  • Isabel Marie DeLay
  • Chase Allyn Denison
  • Liam Luke Devine
  • Connor GR Doering
  • Gabriel Sebastian Drew
  • Kirel Anjane Dyba
  • Alissa Tiana Elias
  • Avery Michael Ellison
  • Ayrdin Faith Ennis
  • Micah Dean Ernst
  • Sophia Mikael Estes
  • Dalton James Evans
  • Trinity Lynn Facemire
  • Jenna Rose Feldmann
  • Jackson Thomas Fetsco
  • Jordyn Marie Fisher
  • Aidan Craig Flores
  • Brayden Allen Fodge
  • Evan William Franklin
  • Jackson Gregory Franks
  • Tyler Ransom Gaer
  • Brooke Caroline Gagen
  • Jonathan Micah Galbert
  • Andy Gael Gamez
  • Tomas Diego Gamez
  • Gabriel Ivan Garcia
  • Isabella Reece Garcia
  • Mia Giselle Garcia
  • Kaiana Kathleen Garlough
  • Brianna Marie Giessuebel
  • Ella Joslyn Gillam
  • Arabella Grace Ann Ginn
  • Anuradha Glennie
  • Gracie Brooklyn Glover
  • Adelaide Jewel Gonzale
  • Alexis Marie Grady
  • Caleb Joseph Grindel
  • Kamdynn Elizabeth Hall
  • Aneesa Auzine Hampton
  • Ethan Fredrick Hankel
  • Mikayh Cross Hansen
  • Dawson Joshua Hardee
  • Kathryn Grace Harmsen
  • Shannon Taylor Hart
  • Lily Ann Hayes
  • Chauncy Gordon Hendon
  • Emma Paige Hess
  • Wesley Lane Hicks
  • Katie Lynn Hinz
  • Abigail Rose Hoard
  • Emma Dorothea Hofmeister
  • Harley Michael Holst
  • Sun Musashi Hongo
  • Kristina Diane Hubbard
  • Vanessa Rose Hudson
  • Kristen Olivia Huffman
  • SaVannah Jewel Hussey
  • Allison Marie Hutchinson
  • Abby Rose Ialenti
  • Joshua Lee Ron Inmon
  • Kaiden Scott Ivie-Rash
  • Samantha Riley Johnson
  • Lane Jon Jones
  • Sienna Nickole Jung
  • Skyler Michael Kaegbein
  • William Edward Kassel
  • Madisen Emmilee Kaufman
  • Zachary William Kaulfers
  • Connor Patrick Keen
  • Talan Julius Keller
  • Kyle Douglas Kenworthy
  • Paxton Michael Kercher
  • Victoria Sofie Kershaw
  • Zoya Khan
  • Ayden Matthew Kinder
  • Meadow Ann Marie King
  • Jack Ryan Koenig
  • Parker Joe Koerwitz
  • Sarah Catherine Kostelecky
  • Alexander Daniel Kristensen
  • Alex Michael Lacy
  • Teagin Emma Latham
  • Ross Douglas Leinart
  • Lucas Langston Linde
  • Asa Jared Little
  • Ekena Ruby Little
  • Isabelle Rae Loeffler
  • Sonja Rene Logan
  • Emery Elizabeth Long
  • Nicole Christine Lopez
  • Robert Duane Love III
  • Kiana Sapphire Lownes
  • Raiden Xander Madayag
  • Mya Elizabeth Madden
  • Elijah McKail Magill
  • Rylei Bruce Maher
  • Tayvis Deon Marshall
  • Kyle Justin Martin
  • Lincoln Michael Martinez
  • Nicolette Mia Martinez
  • Davin Thomas Mattimoe
  • Damien Fraust McCabe
  • Hannah Marie McCracken
  • Emily Jane McDonough
  • Reuben Harper McGuire
  • Tristan Ray McLaughlin
  • Moira Irene McPherson
  • Emily Ellen Meares
  • Teagan Renee Medeiros
  • Ashton Riley Medhurst
  • Caleb Clark Meehan
  • Ryan Nicolas Meese
  • Preston William Mendez-Johnson
  • Brayden Louis Metcalf
  • Joshua Rayne Milam
  • Landon McKay Miller
  • Madison Taylor Moore
  • Alec Reed Morrell
  • Cameron Marie Moyte
  • Morgan Shay Murray
  • Brayden Patrick Neville
  • Rachel Elizabeth Nichols
  • Eliana Grace Norgauer
  • Zane Keegan Nunez-McKenzie
  • Stephanie Anne Olson
  • Lilika Dimitrova Orahovats
  • Emily Angelina Orsini
  • Stephan Abraham Ortiz
  • Lilith Olivia Papineau
  • Kinsley Jane Paul
  • Brock Kristian Pedersen
  • Isabella Mia Pena
  • Chance Logan Penrod
  • Vincent Bedford Picard
  • Miles Stephen Porwoll
  • Taryn Josey Potts
  • Colton Bradley Prindle
  • Keegan John Prior
  • Hayden Jon Provencher
  • Levi Stephen Pruis
  • Zachariah Quinn Rainwater
  • Matthew Florencio Rangel Jr
  • Jordan Jeffrey Ream
  • Owen David Reed
  • Jennifer Rachelle 
  • Elizabeth Reilly
  • Emilia Jacqueline Ricley
  • Ethan Elias Riffel
  • Jonah Matthias Rigg
  • Emma Jean Riggs
  • Damian Andres Rios
  • Damien Christopher Robinson
  • Logan John Roedel
  • Anna Bella Rose
  • Alexander Morgan Runyan
  • Lukas Campbell Salsgiver
  • Karl Joseph Saltmarsh
  • Melia Avery Samson
  • Gauge Micheal Sanders
  • William Carl Sauls
  • Joseph Grant Sawyer
  • Trevor Jack Schmidt
  • Kamryn Dean Schroeder
  • Braylee Nicole Searls
  • Trent Bailey Seymour
  • Hannah Riann Shaffer
  • Andrew Richard Shone Jr.
  • Elektra Sway Shoopman
  • Samuel Harding Shumway
  • Ashli Margaret Smedley
  • Ayvah Mae Smith
  • Mallory Daniell Smith
  • Payton Christian Smith
  • Samuel Lucas Smith
  • Skylar Elaine Smith
  • Coltin Nash Squires
  • Ashton Christian Stolz
  • Isabella Emerson Story
  • Christian William Streuber
  • Brooklynn Briann Sullivan
  • Ethan Jacoby Sutor
  • Aundreya Frances-Sue Sweeney
  • Mason Shae Tafoya
  • Chase William Talich
  • Matthew Steven Tarris
  • JonDavid Sage Tator
  • Ethan Patrick Tavares
  • Aidan Francis Taylor
  • Ava Elizabeth Taylor
  • Gabriel Christopher Taylor
  • Dylan Raymond Teasley
  • Teagan Lain Tempel
  • Keaton Bryce Thole
  • Adam Clay Thompson
  • Andrew Leonard Thomson
  • Nathaniel Jacob Thornell
  • Madilyn Brooke Tolman
  • TreyAndre Leon Tomlin
  • Aubrey Nichole Trujillo
  • Genesis Lopez Tyler
  • Kain Eliseo Urdiales
  • Kylie Regan Vercelli
  • Anna Elizabeth Vincent
  • Keira Lee Wagner
  • Julianna Jeanne Wahl
  • Matthew Leroy Wallace
  • Hailey Leann Walter
  • Jordan Alexander Walter
  • Justin Michael Walter
  • Steven Riley Weed
  • Wyatt Owen Weiss
  • Sage Michaela Wells
  • Josie Jane Wendlandt
  • Kayla Sabrina Wetzel
  • Bridger James Wheeler
  • Ashley Brooke White
  • Jaesa Cheay Whitesell
  • Saimaa Xing Widi
  • Corey Michael Williams
  • Andrew David Wilson
  • Bridger William Wilson
  • Sean Noel Winners
  • Austin Elijah Winstead
  • Rylee Kay Wollin
  • Breauna Michelle Wright
  • Lillyann Celia Wright
  • Dessirae Ka Shia Yang
  • Alyssa Lynn Yoksh
  • Pearl Chloie Ysebaert
  • Koen Adam Ziemann
  • Sheridan Mary Zimmerman

The following students received an honorary diploma:

  • Giuseppe Ferrara (Italy)
  • Katja Kuzmenkov (Germany)
  • Felicitas Michel (Germany)
  • Martina Pla Guix (Spain)
  • Michael Johanson Sitompul (Indonesia)
  • Natasha Gift Walusimbi (Uganda)
  • Katarzyna Wojciechowska (Poland)

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