Traditions, Giving Back to APS

One of the traditions at Allendale High School is the class gift given by the senior class members back to the high school or dbird 2istrict as a remembrance of their years as students.  Each year at the Graduation Ceremony, the Senior Class President announces the gift of the class.  In 2013, that gift was the promise of a sculpture for the Ceglarek Fine Arts Center.  The Class of 2013 commissioned a Grand Valley State University art student, Richelle Nuney, to create a sculpture of a Falcon, the District’s mascot, in metal.

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Rachel and Steve LaBrecque by the sculpture, “Soaring to New Heights”

Ms. Nuney completed the sculpture this summer and Rachel LaBrecque, 2013 Senior Class President, took on the task of designing a base to best showcase the falcon.  Working with her father, Steve LaBrecque, Rachel designed an “A” with the falcon flying from the peak.  We want to thank Rachel and Steve for their work in completing the base for the sculpture.  The sculpture is entitled, “Soaring to New Heights.”

As each graduating class leaves these halls, we hope the high school motto of “Attitude, Honor, and Scholarship” goes with them in whatever career they pursue.  Our teachers, staff, community, and parents have prepared them for the world beyond K-12 education and it is the traditions and experience they have had which will help them be successful and continue to give back to their community for many years to come.

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