RHS principal reflects on seniors’ success
By Chad Abshire
RAWLINS — “They’re great kids. I’m sure they’re going to do just fine.”
Rawlins High School Principal Tom Weed has no worries about the 85 seniors graduating from his school June 3, even after they brought in eight truckloads of sand, a skid-steer and a tractor onto the school’s parking lot Friday.
For the senior prank, the students brought the beach to Rawlins — having a party in the parking lot complete with a volleyball net, a grill and even a makeshift pool in the bed of a pickup truck.
Weed said the sight wasn’t a shock to him. He knew beforehand, saying the seniors asked permission. He said it was OK as long as they got it cleaned up.
“They grilled some burgers and hotdogs and shared them with the office staff,” he said. “They’re good kids.
“When I was that kid, I couldn’t wait to get away,” he said. “That speaks to the established atmosphere in this building. They’re a close-knit community. All in all, our students up here at the high school are fantastic. They’ve worked for it and they worked hard.”
Weed said the final graduating class was recently awarded $560,000 in scholarships during the school’s awards night.
“We have a young lady who received $78,000 for a GI bill,” he said. “She’s going off into the Army.”
Weed said he felt a sense of accomplishment in having the entire senior class graduating this year, saying that while some students had been behind, “they did it.” Some cut it close, but “as of (Thursday), everyone met the requirements.”
“We had one student take it down to the wire,” he said. “At 3 p.m. he still had to do final assessment and he did well. He got an 88. That was cool to see.”
Three students from the school’s co-op also made it back and will walk across the stage for graduation.
Weed said he felt a sense of pride in this year’s graduating class, but he’s realistic about his influence.
“I can’t kid myself,” Weed, who is in his first year as principal, said. “I haven’t had that much of an opportunity to make an impact in their lives. But other administrators and teachers have.”
Although proud, it’s also bittersweet for Weed.
“It’s always sad. I’ve made some very good relationships with all the students individually,” he said. I’m sad to see them to go, but it’s fantastic to see them go onto the next step.
“I’m feeling pretty good about what they’ve done.”