2016 graduates: Tyler Eubank — Yampa Valley High School grad works hard, sets an example
Steamboat Springs — When Tyler Eubank moved back to Steamboat Springs after a few years of living on the Front Range, he was behind on credits and not looking to get lost in a big campus like Steamboat Springs High School.
His dad heard about the smaller, alternative Yampa Valley High School, and thought it would be a better fit for Eubank.
“I like the smaller setting with less kids,” Eubank said.
After spending the last two years racking up additional credits to make it to graduation, Eubank, now 20, finished his courses earlier this year and received his diploma this month.
“Tyler came to us severely overaged and under-credited,” said Yampa Valley High School lead teacher Chuck Rosemond. “He was determined to graduate from high school and had huge success in our program.”
Eubank was able to make up some credits by taking concurrent enrollment courses at Colorado Mountain College, including a class on interpersonal communication and another on human growth and development.
“I enjoyed how all the responsibility is put on you,” Eubank said of taking classes at CMC versus a regular high school. “It’s a more mature age group.”
Eubank also worked toward graduation through a work-study program that allowed him to earn credits while working as a mechanic at his family’s business, Extreme Powersports.
Since finishing his courses partway through the school year, Eubank now works as a mechanic full-time.
“It’s challenging,” he said. “It’s really cool to take something as intricate as an engine and make it work again.”
Rosemond said that while Eubank was behind when he arrived at Yampa Valley High School, he worked hard to make it to where he is today, setting an example for other students.
“During his tenure at YVHS, he consistently demonstrated the qualities of determination, hard work, professionalism and integrity,” Rosemond said. “He is the type of student we hope all of our students grow into by the time they graduate.”
When not working, Eubank likes to spend time at the Routt County Rifle Club, where he practices steel challenge, a shooting activity where someone tries to shoot five steel plates as quickly and accurately as possible.
“It’s just fun,” Eubank said. “There’s a lot that goes into it when you’re trying for speed.”
Eubank plans to spend the summer continuing to work at his family’s business.
“I want to continue working, and learning more about mechanics,” he said.
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