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Class of 2022 graduates from Hayden High School

The 23 graduates are the first group to have a full year in Hayden’s new school

Noah Lind, right and Cassidy Wall walk through confetti as they walk out of Hayden High School's graduation on Sunday, May 22, 2022.
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Hayden High School graduated its first class of students to spend an entire year in the new school on Sunday, May 22, marking the end of an eventful journey for the Class of 2022’s 23 graduates.

On the first day of school in August, senior Piper Jo Jones said the year would be about improving the environment at the school after the inconsistency that the COVID-19 pandemic had brought on. Jones, Hayden’s salutatorian this year, championed her classmates’ resilience during her speech on Sunday.

“You can’t always control the action, but you can control the reaction,” Jones said, quoting her late father. “There are many bad things that can happen in your lifetime. The way you choose to react to this dictates how you feel, understand and grow.”



That same resiliency can be seen in the class valedictorian Cassidy Wall, who described herself as a “troubled kid.” Wall said something had to change for her to be successful, and that changed happened to be a move to Hayden her freshman year.

“It was the best thing I could have done,” Wall said. “You all have made these past four years unforgettable.”



“Not a single one of us has the same plan in life and none of us will follow the same path and that’s okay,” Wall continued. “We’ve all fought to be where we are, and I am so proud of us.”

Ten students in the Class of 2022 graduated with a grade point average above 3.7, with half of those above a 4.0. Many of them leave Hayden High School with a host of scholarships from throughout the Yampa Valley and beyond.

Some are headed to college, others are off to the military and a handful of them plan to immediately join the workforce — including two in the employee-starved field of early childhood education.

Graduates Kori Deaton and Emmarae Henderson pose as they walk into Hayden's Graduation Ceremony on Sunday, May 22, 2022, while Valeria Gutierrez looks on.
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As they move toward their various goals, Hayden Superintendent Christy Sinner encouraged students to do what means the most to them.

“As you close up this chapter of your life and open up the next chapter taking lessons you have learned and live life to the fullest,” Sinner said. “The world has much to offer you, create a landscape for yourself. … Be you, find your purpose in life and always seek happiness.”

Class of 2022 salutatorian Piper Jo Jones makes a speech to her class at Hayden's Graduation Ceremony on Sunday, May 22, 2022.
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Alison Rajzer wasn't able to be at her class’ graduation ceremony because weather pushed the state track meet to Sunday, May 22. During the ceremony, Superintendent Christy Sinner shared that Rajzer advanced to the finals where she ultimately took first place in the triple jump. Her fellow classmates brought a poster to the ceremony and dressed it accordingly. Dylan Anderson/Steamboat Pilot & Today
From left, Juliana Lewis, Aveory Lighthizer, Noah Lind, and Logan Morrison, laugh during a speech from Teacher Tina Benish-Holmes at Hayden's Graduation Ceremony on Sunday, May 22, 2022.
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Katerina Barnes smiles after walking across the stage and receiving her high school diploma at Hayden's Graduation Ceremony on Sunday, May 22, 2022.
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Most of Hayden High School's Class of 2022 decorated their graduation caps, with some indicating their next step after high school at Hayden's Graduation Ceremony on Sunday, May 22, 2022.
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Class of 2022 Valedictorian Cassidy Wall receives her diploma at Hayden High School's Graduation Ceremony on Sunday, May 22, 2022.
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The Hayden High School Class of 2022 tosses their caps in the air after receiving their diplomas at Hayden's Graduation Ceremony on Sunday, May 22, 2022.
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