Riley makes mark in class, sports



May 12, 2018 - 4:00 AM

Iola honor student Colbi Riley will graduate today. REGISTER/RICK DANLEY

Some people are just good at high school. They excel in the classroom. They float easily between friend-groups. They participate in a variety of social clubs and are involved with sports. They get on well with their teachers and are respected by their peers. And they emerge from those four years with a storehouse of memories, which they can cheerfully rummage for the remainder of their lives.

For others, it’s a struggle. As the Steve Carrell character in “Little Miss Sunshine” tells his depressed teenage nephew: “High school?” he counsels. “Those are your prime suffering years. You don’t get better suffering than that. “

Of the two categories of coed life, Colbi Riley, one of this year’s valedictorians, ranks very firmly in the first. “I liked high school, and I love the people in my class,” said Riley in a conversation with the Register last week. “I feel like I fit in with a lot of different kinds of students. And because Iola is so small and because we’re a small class, we’ve always been close.”

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