Published On: Thu, May 15th, 2014

Last Coleridge Community Schools graduates don caps and gowns


LAUREL — The last graduates of Coleridge Community Schools crossed the stage Saturday as they marched their way into the history books.

Nine high school seniors, decked out in black caps and gowns with lime green stoles, received their diplomas from members of the Coleridge and Laurel-Concord School Boards and Supt. Randy Klooz.

The students have become used to being a part of history and being under the microscope of many.

As was pointed out in the commencement address given jointly by Valedictorian Ben Barelman and Salutatorian Cameron Eddie, this particular group of kids were the first fully integrated high school class of the new Laurel-Concord and Coleridge schools’ joint venture in the fall of 2010.

While other classes started their high school years in the Coleridge halls, their’s was the first group to leave junior high behind, along with their beloved CHS building and join forces with the Laurel-Concord students as they began the newest chapter of their lives. They started their high school careers as LCC Bears as they forged new teams, academic groups, musical ensembles and, as many of the seniors expressed, friendships.

Students, parents and administrators of other schools throughout the state have been watching this group of kids for years as their school worked with other districts to “co-op” and share administration to keep their schools going.

Now, as Coleridge Community Schools and Laurel-Concord Public Schools leave their separate identities behind and go forward together in a new role as Laurel-Concord-Coleridge Public Schools, this class is once again historic.

They were the 116th graduating class of Coleridge Community Schools and they will be the last.

While it is with sadness that many leave behind their school district, it is with excitement that school administrators and school board members look forward to the new opportunities that lay ahead for Laurel-Concord-Coleridge and these graduating seniors. Members of the Class of 2014 are Ben Barelman, Nicole Benson, Laura Carlson, Michael Colwell, Brandon DePledge, Cameron Eddie, Riley Lage, Tyler Robinette and Brooke Schaller.