Arapahoe grads look ahead to bright future


With many students draped in honors sashes, the Arapahoe High School class of 2018 stepped into adult life on May 24 with high prospects.

The class snagged a cumulative $23 million in scholarships, said Principal Natalie Pramenko. Many students are headed to prestigious colleges, including Griffin Hampton, who will head to the Colorado School of Mines this fall on a Boettcher Scholarship.

The journey to graduation will live on in the class' memories, said opening speaker Rafael Diner, who spoke of leaving behind his family in Mexico to study in the United States.

“We won't measure our time together in periods or semesters, but in the time we spent with each other,” Diner said.

Looking forward was exciting for Lauren Whittemore, who plans to go on a vacation to California with her friends this summer before heading to Colorado State University in the fall.

“I'm ready for the next step, and glad to have a chance to make more memories with my friends before we go our separate ways,” Whittemore said as she filed out of the Littleton Public Schools stadium in the heat. “Right now, though, I'm just hungry.”


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