Heritage High School's graduation on May 18 was lighthearted, with student speaker Kellen Lieb and Littleton Public Schools Superintendent Brian Ewert taking the opportunity to crack some jokes. But …
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Heritage High School's graduation on May 18 was lighthearted, with student speaker Kellen Lieb and Littleton Public Schools Superintendent Brian Ewert taking the opportunity to crack some jokes. But it took a turn for the serious as Ewert implored the more than 450 graduates to take risks and not be afraid of failure.
"It's impossible to live this life without failing at something," he said. "Unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all — in which case, you already failed by default."
Ewert, in his first year as LPS superintendent, previously joked about criticism he had received on social media for not calling a snow day this winter when surrounding schools had.
Lieb drew laughs from his classmates and the crowd with a list of grievances about how the real version of high school stacks up against high school as portrayed on television or in movies.
"There were no teen wolfs or vampires or other assorted magical creatures at Heritage," he said. "And that physically hurts me."
"Overall," he added, "the musical numbers and choreographies were subpar."
Lieb also got serious, however.
"Go out and live your lives the way you want to live them - not the way someone would have scripted it," he told his fellow graduates. "And while you're out there, do some great stuff - stuff they would make a TV show about."
According to Principal Stacey Riendeau, this year's graduates have been awarded nearly $15 million in scholarship offers.
"Congratulations to the entire class of 2016," she said. "You will definitely be missed."
For LPS board president Jack Reutzel, this year's graduation was personal, as his daughter, Kate, was one of the graduates.
"As I look out, I see so many of you that I have known for almost your entire life," he said. "And for one of you, I have known you your entire life."
Reutzel told the graduates he is confident they will go on to fulfilling lives.
"It's common for an older generation to worry that a younger generation is soft and unprepared to lead," he said. "But I don't worry about that one bit with this class."
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