Class of 2018: Yampa Valley High School grad overcomes adversity |

Class of 2018: Yampa Valley High School grad overcomes adversity

After Hayden Entress graduates from Yampa Valley High School in Steamboat Springs June 1, she will look ahead to the autumn when she begins her college studies in international languages at Brigham Young University (BYU-Idaho) in Rexburg.
Tom Ross

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — When she graduates with six of her fellow seniors at Yampa Valley High School this month, the path Hayden Entress has taken through secondary education in Steamboat Springs will have been atypical in that she attended four different schools without leaving Steamboat Springs.

But don’t worry, Entress, 18, knows where she’s headed for college next year and the academic emphasis she will pursue.

“I’m going to Brigham Young University in Rexburg,” she said. “I’m going to be studying world languages – Spanish and Mandarin Chinese. I’m going to do a lot of study abroad. Languages come easily to me.”

Entress, 18, spent her freshman and sophomore years at Steamboat Mountain School where she appreciated the freedom to pursue her passion for competitive telemark skiing. However, an injury interrupted her competitive skiing career, and she was off to another school – this time, she pursued her studies online.

“I was in bed with an injury for months. I really didn’t have a choice,” Entress explained. “It really did teach me to spend my time wisely and to carve out time for classes. I found out which classes I really enjoy. I’m glad I had that opportunity.”

She sought out Yampa Valley High School Principal Chuck Rosemond, who agreed to play the role of proctor for some of the exams required by the online school through the spring and summer of 2017.

“Hayden was trying to keep up with her credits for graduation,” Rosemond said. “She had a heavy load to get to graduation in June. She’s a super smart student. She’s motivated, very driven and the type of student that ultimately gets it done without you having to nag her.”

The transition to Yampa Valley High School — part of the Steamboat Springs School District — for her senior year felt natural to Entress. 

“Honestly, there’s something about Yampa Valley High School that can benefit any student,” Entress said.  “It’s funny how this works for everyone. From my perspective everyone is choosing to be here.”

She and her classmates especially appreciate the fact that they complete their homework in class, freeing them to pursue employment or other interests when the school day is done.

And what about that fourth school that Entress attended during her high school career?

“I was able to take classes at Colorado Mountain College while I took classes,” at Yampa Valley High School, Entress said. 

Rosemond said that even though Entress spent just one full academic year at his school, she had an impact on her peers by the way she quietly overcame the adversity posed by her skiing injury.

To reach Tom Ross, call 970-871-4205, email or follow him on Twitter @ThomasSRoss1.

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