May 14, 2004
Kate Nadeau is saying goodbye today to her desert suburbia as she graduates among 265 seniors from Cactus Shadows High School.
By August, she’ll be living in Canterbury, England. Cave Creek Unified School District’s only high school is holding its graduation at 8 p.m. today in the football stadium at 33606 N. 60th St., Cave Creek.
Nadeau, 17, will major in law and French at the University of Kent where she’ll be close enough to visit France.
"I really wanted to go somewhere out of the ordinary. I wanted to get out," she said. "I’ve started to realize, in the next year I won’t see a saguaro cactus very often."
Student body president Lisa Davis, 17, also has big plans — and dreams she hopes to pass on when she reads an excerpt tonight from Dr. Seuss’ "Oh, the Places You’ll Go."
"I’m planning on running for president of the United States in the year 2020," she said.
She said it will be difficult leaving her best friend since preschool, Irena Ajic, 17, behind at Arizona State University when she heads to Boston University — but she’s ready for the adventure and to leave the suburban desert for city atmosphere. Cave Creek’s students are going to the University of Tulsa and New York University. One is marrying a soldier and moving to the nation’s Capitol. Several will attend local community colleges or start work. Tenaya Force is heading straight to Peru with the Peace Corps.
Jack Larson, 17, began to say goodbye Thursday to the 20 students in his class he’s gone to school with since kindergarten. He’s off to the University of Arizona.
"Growing up here, most of the good things that happened in my life happened in Cave Creek," he said. "It will be strange, but exciting."
Tonight’s ceremonies will showcase a music program that districtwide has grown from 30 to 300 students in one year.
That will be an important memory for drum major Andrew Butler, 18, who will stay in Cave Creek as he attends ASU on a full scholarship.
"Just being involved was a lot of fun," he said.