People of the Pack
“[Over the break] I’m looking forward to hanging out with family that I don’t get to see often and going to the movies, also opening presents.”
“They’re a lot of fun and I’ve gotten to know many seniors, which has been awesome. Everyone at Rocky, especially people on the sports teams, are really fun and we all work together as a family.”
"To influence people around me for the better."
I'm passionate about politics and what's going on in the world; just everything that's going on with different countries, governments, with political movements, social movements, anything going on with changes in society.
"I'm very passionate about treating people with respect, and treating everybody like they are worth something."
“I'm looking forward to opening presents and getting some weight off my shoulders. My favorite holiday tradition, it's going to sound cheesy, but giving and getting, mostly the getting part, just kidding.”
I wouldn't change anything, it's a really good school.
“I feel like there is, but I really don’t think of it as a specific thing. I feel like it’s more, like, an entity. I believe in a higher power that watches over us, but I don’t really think it’s an old man with a white beard.”
I think it's important to do things you like and not let anything get in the way of that.
"We do this thing every year where we open up one present on Christmas Eve and they are always pajamas. Once we get into our pajamas, we sit in our living room and watch 'The Polar Express.'"
“RMHS is different than other schools because our family is strong and important.”
John Robinson (Teacher at RMHS)
“One of the happiest moments of my life would have to be when I got this job. It was huge; it was a life changing moment and that was 18 years ago. Our department leader at the time took a chance on me and it was huge. Now I’m the department leader. I told my class the story about how I took a gun from a kid; I didn’t want him to commit suicide. I later found out he joined the army which made...
“I haven’t experienced it yet.”
“I would like to see more of a sense of community and love and acceptance between people, because once we have all joined together as a group then we can start focusing on the problems that face all of us.”
He has many holiday traditions but his favorite is, “Going down to Nebraska and seeing all my family and spending Christmas Eve down at my grandma’s.” He is mostly looking forward to “Seeing all my family and spending a lot of time with the people I love.”
“I guess if I had no fear I would probably go to space maybe wait till we get to mars or something and then go because space has always scared me, but I think it’s really cool but i’m really scared of dying in space or going into a black hole or something so, I know that not possible to go into a black hole because they are so far away but i’m still scared of it so, yeah i’d go into space...
“An event that has shaped me to who I am today is... my move to the United States. I had to leave my family, my culture, my language, all my childhood memories behind and get reacquainted in a new environment. Due to my young age and the small notice, I had no time to learn customs or the language and therefore I had a very hard time getting integrated into the community. Although it was very hard...
“During the break I get two weeks off from school; that's what I’m really looking forward to.” While she wants to change the world to be a place “for everyone to be open minded and it would make things better.”
“The best day of my life was the day I moved to Colorado. I moved from Florida. I met a lot of great people. I moved here the summer before my freshman year of high school. At first I didn’t want to move here, but I am glad we did. It was a huge change for the weather for sure.”
I believe Rocky is different because we're a very tight knit community. I think the student body is very inviting to others. We have a productive environment and students are driven to learn.
“I like Rocky because it has a sense of community and it's great environment to be in.”
I went to a journalism convention and was an honorable mention for news writing and I got second in state.
I love how there are so many opportunities and everybody is just a family.
“My favorite about this school is the sense of community. I don't think we have a problem with bullying or big clicks, or anything. I think at everyone is very inclusive and you can really get into anything without people judging you and trying to exclude you, everyone is welcoming.”
"Life has no purpose. The only purpose in life is to find meaning."
"Every Christmas Eve we open up pajamas, bake cookies for Santa, and each give each other one gift to open. It is usually food to eat while we all watch a movie together."
“[My favorite thing about high school] is the interactions with people.” “[If I could change one thing about the world] there would be no speed limits!”
“RMHS teachers are great because there is not a lot of homework and they care about your success.”
An event that has shaped who I am today is... probably when my grandma died. She passed away at 93 years old. It made me realize that life is short, so you need to go at it and not mess around. Give it your best every day all day.
“I would like government officials not to be able to step in and say we can round up people of the United States and take them out of cities where they have already been integrated. If they are here illegally and not doing anything else than being here illegally, then I think they should stay.”
“I like how we have so many academic clubs. Even though I most likely won’t join them, I still think it’s great how many great opportunities we have at this school.”
“An event that has shaped me to who I am today is… when my sister almost overdosed. That made me stronger. In a way where I wouldn’t want to try stupid things like that, like drugs. I’m way stronger than I used to be.”
“One nice thing I did was help with Trick or Treat Street at Rocky Mountain High School; it was a very fun experience and I enjoyed helping.”
“I was in 3D art last quarter and I’m in Advanced Drawing this year. If I don’t get to make something I get very sad throughout the day, so I’m drawing throughout the day anyways. [Without art I’d be] much sadder. Definitely much sadder; art is how I found a lot of my friends. I’ve been drawing since I could hold a crayon, so, [if I didn’t have art], that’d be like a very empty spot in my...
She is on the Varsity Dance team as well as a part of Stuco. “My biggest struggle is finding a balance, because I do so many things and then I get really overwhelmed and really stressed out and that’s not fun.” Over break “I am looking forward to seeing family and going skiing and not having school.”
"I'm excited but I'm going to miss Rocky, it's going by really fast. I think I'm going to CSU to major in Child Development."
I think we're unique because we're a family and everyone just connects with each other.
"I like how I'm shaped by the community I'm in, like how Rocky is a positive community, I'm thankful I get to be apart of that."
I wish people would accept others because we are all the same creatures with slightly different biology.
He is looking forward to seeing family and having his brothers come back from college over the break. In school, he struggles with “staying focused for extended periods of time and his grades.”
I feel like in daily like I'm really good, at finding the things that make each day stand out. You know you have a daily routine and I think at time's it's really easy to get lost in that. So, I like to look at the little things, maybe the sunrise or the sunset. Those things make my day better.
“[My favorite thing about high school is] that we have more freedom.” “[If I could change one thing about the world], I would change the way we treat each other.”
“My teenage years because I have the ability to do more things than we usually could. We are at a physical peak where we have the most energy and strength to do anything we put our mind to.”
“RMHS sets us up for success through their sports programs and good academics.”
“My favorite thing about Rocky is that there is place for everyone, and something to do for everyone whether it’s a sport, club or activity.”
“The part of Disney World that’s not EPCOT. That place was not that great compared to the rest. I remember going to the Animal Kingdom expecting to see Mufasa or something from the Lion King, but it was just an overpriced zoo with $10 popcorn.”
"To enhance my community and help my peers work together."
“My biggest struggle in high school is balancing working at Plato's Closet and homework." Lacy is looking forward to eating and sleeping during the long break and hanging out with friends.
“Summer break, obviously, because it’s the longest, it’s warm, and you can travel a lot.”
“An event that has shaped me to who I am today is… when my mom went through cancer. That made me really think of who I really was and how I’m treating other people. As well as how it can affect other people by the way you treat them. I’ve become a more thankful person and I appreciate things more.”
“One of my greatest accomplishments was being on the varsity cross country team for my senior year of high school. The last few years I have been doing cross country but I have not been on varsity yet. One of the best times was when I got to go to state! My favorite part of being on varsity is being a leader.”
She struggles with “Confidence. If I could change one thing about the world it would be how judgmental people are.” She is looking forward to not having school and hanging out with friends over break.
“One accomplishment I am most proud of has been that I have been paying the rent on my house for a month. I live by the saying ‘even if you get criticized for something and people say you can’t do it, if you work hard you can achieve it.’”
“I am part of a lot of classes, AP classes, regular classes. I am a co-president of French Club which is pretty fun. I was part of the band for two years. I will be a part of the school musical coming up in the third quarter of this year. That should be pretty exciting. I guess, for me, a big part [of being part of] the Rocky community is how we treat others, so it is my goal that whenever I am w...
I think everybody is valued, and you definitely don't see that in every school.
"I am super excited and super glad to start college. I am going to go to CSU and study life sciences, I want to either be a teacher or do something within a lab."
"Unrealistically I would be a millionaire, but realistically to be a vet because I hate to see animals in pain and I would like to help them."
People aren't as accepting as they should be. Everyone should learn that everybody is different and that makes them unique and special.
There are so many things I could do with a million dollars. I could save it, I could spend it, or I could give it to charity. Personally, I would do a little bit of all three. For charity I would give it to some sort of domestic abuse, suicide awareness, or homeless charity. I feel like those are the most relevant ones in my life. With the rest of my money I would spend it on myself for fun and nice...
She is looking forward to skiing and hanging out with friends over her winter break, but if she could change one thing about the world she wants “to make everyone love each other and have more tater tots.”
“[My favorite thing about high school is] that we have more opportunities to make new friends.” “[If I could change one thing about the world] I would end racism completely.”
“I would probably have gotten involved in more clubs and more things, because I did not have as many friends as I probably would have wanted, and I started out high school with probably the wrong friend group.”
"My family makes cookies for Santa every year and we always have a big feast for our family."
An event that has helped shape the person I am today is LDZ. Which I learned through Rocky. It was a legislative program that I did summer going into Junior year. LDZ was very powerful for me and many other Latino students and taught us how to challenge ourselves. Not just have the answer at our hands, so I felt it really impacted me in advocating for myself and not waiting for other people to give...
“I want to travel the world, getting out of the Fort Collins bubble and see how my high school experiences benefit me in the real world.”
He is part of the peers. “I'm looking forward to hanging out with family, relaxing from school and hanging out with friends [over break].” His biggest struggle is “finding yourself or identity within all these pressures or cliques around you and truly understanding who you out of high school is huge in life.”
“One thing nice thing that I have recently done was give a homeless person a rotisserie chicken; this made me feel good because I gave to someone in need since it was a very cold day.”
“I’m on the Lacrosse team and the mountain biking team and I’m going to CSTA, Science Olympiad and LowBeaus. I was in Glee club, but they’re not really doing that anymore. I did LowBeaus because I like singing and I did CSTA because I was able to code last year, but I forgot over the summer. [If I didn’t do these things], I’d be bored because I do like singing a lot, but I don’t really kno...
“When I was a kid and my only issue was what color I should choose from my crayon box.”
“Joining the wrestling team in fourth or fifth grade. At first I did not like it at all. As I did it more I started to like it. I made wrestling friends in the Fort Collins area. Now wrestling is the main thing I do.”
Probably rebuilding my car, I felt really accomplished.
She can’t wait to go skiing and “I am ‘most’ excited for swimming practice in the mornings.” Audrey believes that “the world is running out of good food, so I would change good food.”
“Today, right now. I’m happy right now because life is good and not only that, but it is Friday. I like to consider my life a good one, even if I’m having a bad day. I try to make the best of it and remember that other people may have it a lot worse.”
I have learned how to manage my time a lot more because I've started working for the first time, and I am doing volleyball, as well as going to school. Therefore managing my time has become important to me because it has made me more responsible and I have found new priorities to aspire to.
Finding the church that I go to now has changed my life. I love all the people I have met. My family and I have made so many connections.
“Something I struggle with is saying no to people, activities, anything you name, I can’t say no to it. I say yes to anything and everything. I add way too much to my plate, and I also don’t like to ask for help. It is something that I have to work on. I can practice saying no. I need to understand that I am only human and I cannot possibly commit to everything.”
"My family makes this traditional dish and we all eat it the night of Christmas."
“My favorite part of Rocky is the fact that we have diverse students and there are a lot of opportunities.”
“I moved here from Florida last December. I was born in boulder then moved to Florida. I have adjusted well and made a lot of friends. The hardest thing is not being able to be with my friends from Florida everyday.”
An event that helped to shape who I am today is probably winning Nationals for cheer. It made me a better athlete and a better person. It helped me learn how to be on a team. It's important, because you're always going to be around people and you have to learn how to work well with others.
“An event that has shaped me to who I am today is… when my sister got in a car accident and she almost lost her life. She broke both of her feet and I helped to take care of her in her time of need. And it really shaped my relationship with her and who I am today.”
"I'm nervous about graduating but I'm happy that it is finally over, I'm nervous to go into the real world but I'm ready for something new to happen in my life and for there to be more excitement."
“If I had no fear I would take a big trip to the amazon because it’s full of big snakes and spiders that I do not like and I would stay there and have a big adventure with a bunch of things I wouldn’t be afraid of anymore.”