Colorado Preparatory Academy’s Inaugural Graduating Class of 2014

Saturday, June 14 was a treasured day for the students and families of Colorado Preparatory Academy’s (CPA) graduating class of 2014. The ceremony was held at the King Center on the Auraria Campus in Denver. It was a bittersweet day for student, family members, and staff.

A graduating senior, Alexzandria, beautifully kicked off graduation with the National Anthem, followed by a warm welcome from Hannah Mancina, CPA’s principal. Then we heard from Shannon Cooney, my son and CPA’s Valedictorian. Shannon delivered an eloquent speech and shared his thoughts about failure. He shared several short stories about success through failure and left us with these ending remarks, “Graduating Class of twenty-fourteen, do not fear failure; embrace failure- it is the basis for change, growth, and true knowledge. Be prepared to fall, and be prepared to get up time and time again. Congratulations Graduating Class of 2014, I wish you all more than luck. Thank you.”

An Appreciation Ceremony followed where students took flowers from the beautiful floral arrangements on stage and had the opportunity to go out into the audience and give those flowers to anyone who helped them graduate. It was a very moving way to say thanks to those who truly made a difference in their education and in their lives. Next was a sentimental journey through each graduating senior from childhood to today. Kathryn Piotrowski, CPA Advisor, did an amazing job creating a heartfelt remembrance for all through a slideshow of each graduating senior.

As the diplomas were given out, CPA Staff introduced each senior by sharing a bit about their lives. Thank you to Emily Geherin, CPA Guidance Counselor Extraordinaire and Kathryn Piotrowski, our wonderful Advisor, who both shared words about Shannon’s journey to graduation. As I listened to their introduction of Shannon and watched him being presented with his diploma, I reflected on all of his many accomplishments and successes. I am a very proud Mama!

Our ceremony ended with conferring of diplomas and closing remarks from CPA Executive Director, Amy Valentine. Afterwards, cake was served and families had the opportunity to mix and mingle with other families and CPA Staff.

Thank you to everyone for making this very special day such a memorable one! CPA Admin and Staff, you are all so very much appreciated!

Congratulations Colorado Preparatory Academy Graduating Class of 2014
Class Flower: Gerbera Daisy
Class Song: “It’s Time” – Imagine Dragon
Class Motto: “We have come a long way, but not half as far as we will go” – Author Unknown

Shannon Entering

Valedictorian, Shannon Cooney


Hannah Mancina, CPA Principal




2014 CPA College Prep Graduates

Appreciation Ceremony

Appreciation Ceremony

Emily and KP

CPA Guidance Counselor, Emily Geherin and CPA Advisor, Kathryn Piotrowski introducing Shannon

Amy V

CPA Executive Director, Amy Valentine

About Colorado Preparatory Academy
This school year, Colorado Preparatory Academy (CPA) was Colorado’s newest K12 partner school. CPA is a K-12 full time, tuition-free post-secondary preparedness program approved by the State Board of Education in June 2013. CPA is authorized by Colorado Digital Board of Cooperative Educational Services (CDBOCES) which was formed through a partnership between Falcon School District 49, Yuma School District 1, and Pikes Peak Community College.

For more information about Colorado Preparatory Academy, please visit the home page here and visit my post about “The teachers, the curriculum, and why we keep coming back”.

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