Woodland Park High School has chosen two exceptional seniors to represent the class of 2021 with graduation speeches through a new process designed by a student task force.
Top Honorary Students had the opportunity to present a brief statement on why they should be considered for writing a speech. Among the statements submitted, five semi-finalists were invited to submit a speech for consideration by the WPHS administration. Of these five students, the administration chose two who best represented the class.
Mycah Quevillon and Andrew Graber, both from the Divide area, were chosen to speak at the May 28 graduation ceremony, who have attended schools in the Woodland Park School District their entire school career. Both attended Summit Elementary School.
Quevillon graduated summa cum laude. His speech centers on the passion that pervades the senior class and WPHS as a whole. âWe are a very passionate group of students,â she said. âThe biggest challenge we have all faced is, of course, the lingering effects of COVID-19. Schedules are disruptive whether we’re in person or not, and we really don’t have a set schedule at all. “
The aspect of her last year that Quevillon enjoyed the most was the variety of people and students she was able to interact with. âCOVID actually allowed me to connect with different students and classmates, and I was able to learn from their perspective,â she said.
Quevillon’s main love throughout high school was acting in school plays.
Although she has been primarily in ensembles, Quevillon landed a supporting role in “Midsummer Night’s Dream” and, in the fall of 2020, the virtual production of “Romeo and Juliet”, she was cast for the lead role. of Juliet. âWe were a very small troupe for the fall production and we actually recorded scenes via video calls and then edited the show from there,â she said. Quevillon also played two characters in the school’s spring play, the musical “Junie B. Jones”.
âBeing an active part of the Thespian Society in high school and the main representative of the Thespians this year has always been a lot of fun,â she said. âI was able to work on the green room project, where we paint our hands on the wall. And I attended the virtual ThesCon (Thespian Conference) for high school theater students in Colorado, Wyoming, and New Mexico. “
Her second hobby was the talk and debate club, which she also attended in college. Quevillon has participated in various tournaments throughout these years and has ranked a few times. She qualified for the state competition, but was unable to participate due to COVID. Her topic was to focus on women regaining control after being abused by the men in their lives. She won the regional championship for this subject during her junior year.
âI’m a big extrovert and thrive in relationships, so trying to debate virtually was really hard for me and it wasn’t the same not having a live audience to feed on,â he said. declared Quevillon. “So, I stopped participating in the Christmas holidays.”
Quevillon served as chair of the Woodland Park Library Teen Advisory Board, where she organized art clubs and planned an extremely popular open mic night. She was also heavily involved in high school art and art exhibitions and took the most advanced art course for artists related to college. She is currently painting an existential high school fresco of a young girl lying on the moon with the Northern Lights behind her. âThe meaning of the mural is that people should be able to sit back and relax while enjoying the beauty of the world,â she said.
After graduating, Quevillon will attend Allegheny College in Pennsylvania, from which she received a trustee scholarship. âI wanted to go to college in the Northeastern United States and chose Allegheny because it was a liberal arts college and she had high scores on the Colleges That Change Lives WebsiteSaid Quevillon, who is leaning towards a major in psychology or perhaps English, after taking several PA courses in both subjects.
Graber graduated magna cum laude. His talk will be about how older people can expect life to have in store for them, while still remembering where they came from.
âThe hardest thing I think we’ve endured as a senior class is COVIDâ¦ all the crazy things our class has been through. It was sometimes difficult to stay positive with canceled or changed signing events, âhe said.
Graber referred to the senior class motto, a quote from Michael Scott, a character on NBC’s ‘The Office’, âI knew exactly what to do, but in a much more real sense, I didn’t know what to do. “
âOverall, I think we handled the uncertainties well,â said Graber. âWe have remained optimistic about things to come and have been able to control our own future so far.â
Graber said a good thing about a varied schedule and open class time over the past year was that he was able to work with a few businesses in the Teller County community. He also interned at Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp, where he learned marketing skills like creative writing, social media management, and storytelling. The camp is run by his father, Corbin Graber, who is a member of the WPSD school board and principal of District E – Summit Elementary Boundaries.
Andrew Graber attended college for all four years of high school. He was a member of the Beta Club, National Honor Society, and Key Club, and was a performer in the WPHS Madrigal choir.
Graber served on the Student Council for all four years of high school. This year he was the executive historian, tasked with taking photos of his classmates at school events and otherwise documenting the final year. Graber also spent dozens of hours creating the senior slideshow that will play at graduation.
Graber has done letters in track and cross country all four years at WPHS and received the All State Academic Award for his efforts during the past year. âI really enjoyed being active in sports while I was in high school,â he said. âThis year I was the captain of the cross country and track team and I also played soccer.
After graduating, Graber will run cross country and track for Bethel College in North Newton, Kansas – a private Christian liberal arts college affiliated with the Mennonite Church. He received a Bethel athletics and cross country scholarship and is waiting to see if he could win a choir scholarship as well.
Graber plans to specialize in business marketing and IT. âI’m happy to have graduated from high school and excited to start a new chapter in my life,â he said.