Crowd turns out for solo Gateway grad
The entire 2017 graduating class of Gateway School accepted a diploma and walked across the Gateway Community Center stage Thursday night.
A graduating class of one, that is.
Regardless of the class size, the usual pomp and circumstance ushered 18-year-old Cheyenne Autumn Roehm from student to graduate. Friends, family and students in other grades at the school watched as Roehm delivered a graduation speech that contained metaphors to her love of ranching and tending to horses. Community members honored her with a quilt they created and Roehm turned the tassel on her mortarboard from right to left.
Roehm stayed busy in high school working on the family’s ranch and at Gateway Canyons Resort. She plans to take a year off to “be financially set” and then will attend junior college in Sterling to become a rough stock contractor. The career entails purchasing, caring for and selling animals used in rodeo competitions.
Looking around the community center decorated in the teal and gold class colors of her choosing, Roehm said she knew just about everyone.
Being the only student in her class was a unique experience, she said. For a time, Roehm had another student in her class, her nephew, Dalton, but he moved on.
“I definitely have a tight community,” she said. “I’m well looked after.”