STANFORD — In addressing his graduating classmates at Fort Logan High School Friday evening, Ryan Hibbert used his favorite movie character, Forrest Gump, as motivation.
Citing Gump’s fictional exploits as a war hero, ping pong champion and shrimping millionaire, Hibbert urged his peers to consider the possibilities that lie before them like a fresh box of chocolates.
“It was a long, hard road to get to this point, but we made it,” he said. “You never know. You can do anything. All you have to do is put your mind to it and don’t give up.”
Principal Scott Montgomery explained that Fort Logan is a non-traditional high school geared toward helping students who have fallen behind academically, mostly due to poor attendance, get back on track and earn their diplomas. Smaller class sizes — there are just 40 members of the Class of 2012 — and more personalized instruction aid students in staying the course, he said.