- June 2006
Grand County High School
Christy and Kimber
by Jeff Richards
duo Christy and Kimber Parry are both graduates of Grand
County High School, 30 years apart (1976 and 2006). Christy,
who moved to Moab in the spring of 1975, attended GCHS
for the last part of her junior year and her senior year.
Except for a stint at college at Utah State University
in Logan, Christy has lived here in Moab ever since. Now,
three decades later, the single mom is proud to see her
only child graduate with honors.
Christy’s parents are Pete and Joyce Parry, who still
reside in Moab. Pete spent his career working for the National
Park Service. The Parry family lived in Mississippi at
the time that Christy was born, and later moved to several
locations around the country, including Michigan, Ohio,
Nevada, and California. While Christy was in high school,
the family moved from Southern California to Washington
D.C., and then to Moab.
“Moab was where we finally settled down,” said
Christy, adding that her father served as the superintendent
of the Canyonlands district (comprising Arches, Canyonlands,
and Natural Bridges) for 10 years before retiring from
Christy Parry 1976
Although Christy spent just over a year
at GCHS, she has fond memories of her days as a Red Devil.
She played guard on the basketball team, which made the playoffs
her senior year, she recalls. She also liked PE teacher Joyce
Victor and English teacher Val Maughan, along with Ray Olsen,
who many years later also taught Kimber in chemistry just
before retiring a couple of years ago.
“I also really liked Coach Ron Pierce,” added
Christy. “I remember the time when I was filling in
for a player during volleyball practice, and I jammed my
finger on the ball and sprained it badly, and he set it in
a splint for me.”
Christy has worked in a variety of jobs in town over the
years, including stints at Royce’s Electronics and
Tag-A-Long Adventures, then at Central Utah Insurance Agency
for five years. She then worked full-time at Technica Pacifica
for 10 years beginning in 1995, grading papers and writing
course materials for English correspondence courses offered
to adults in Japan. She managed the office as the grading
supervisor for a couple of years until 2005, when she began
working full-time for the U.S. Geological Survey, her current
job. She still continues to do part-time contract work for
Although Kimber’s father Ed Forner lives out of state
(he’s a park ranger at Death Valley National Park),
he has continued to support Kimber throughout her childhood
and adolescent years, flying up for regular visits in his
Cessna 150 aircraft. He especially enjoys attending drill
team performances and other events.
At the beginning of this month, on June 1, Kimber was scheduled
to address her fellow seniors as one of two class valedictorians,
joining co-valedictorian Lindsay Holyoak, salutatorian Brigitta
Graham, and former GCHS teacher Donna Brownell as the featured
Class of ’06 commencement speakers.
Kimber Parry 2006
The ever-busy Kimber hadn’t yet
written her graduation speech as of May 25, but she didn’t
seem overly worried. As a key member of the GCHS debate team
for four years, she placed first in the oratory category
at the state tournament this March, helping the Red Devils
to the state 2A championship. The Red Devil debaters also
took state in 2004 and were runners-up in both 2003 and 2005.
This year, the GCHS debate team participated in prestigious
invitational tournaments on both coasts (at Stanford and
at Harvard) along with one at Arizona State University. Kimber,
known for her confidence and speaking skills, has been a
major player on the team ever since her freshman year, noted
head debate coach Hal Adams.
Kimber has also been active on the drill team throughout
high school. She served as president of the Devilettes this
year and choreographed many of their dances. Kimber has also
been dancing with the local Stars Dance Studio for 14 years,
mastering a wide variety of moves and styles. She has also
been an instructor for the studio for the past four years.
As Kimber and her fellow Devilettes have taken the playing
field for numerous halftime performances during the football
and basketball seasons, mom Christy is invariably there to
watch (and often videotape) the girls. Christy has also helped
with various other aspects of the drill team program, from
lining up sponsors to creating dance props such as giant
lily pads and even an elaborate camel costume. Kimber was
named to the Academic All-State Drill Team a few months ago.
Earlier this year, Kimber was also named Grand County High’s
Sterling Scholar in the Science category, and went on to
take first place among the Southeastern Utah area Sterling
Scholars. She plans to major in exercise biology at UC Davis
beginning this fall.
Kimber and Christy recently drove to the UC Davis campus
to get Kimber’s registration, housing, and other arrangements
taken care of. During that visit, Kimber also tried out for
and made the dance team for the school’s Spirit Squad.
This coming school year, she and the other Aggie-ettes will
be performing during games, just as she has been doing for
the past four years at GCHS.
Kimber has been involved in a wide variety of other activities
during high school. She went on a trip to Costa Rica in July
of 2005 for Ecology Project International, helping sea turtles
survive their hatching on the beaches. She also attended
an invitational dance camp in Hawaii last year and a conference
on medicine and leadership in California in 2004. She was
the GCHS Student of the Year in 2004-05 and a member of the
2006 winter homecoming royalty. She also is in the Future
Business Leaders of America club, the school’s recycling
club, and is president of the local chapter of the National
“I have a lot of favorite teachers, and I can’t
narrow them down to just one or two,” commented Kimber
as she rattled off several names, including Ed DeFrancia,
Steve Hren, Lin Kolb, Ryan Anderson, Traci Thompson, Hal
Adams, and Bernie Radcliffe.
“A lot of people think that in a small community, you
can’t get a good education, but really it’s up
to you (the student),” noted Christy. “If you’re
willing to go the extra mile, then the teachers are willing
to bend over backwards to help you get there.”
“I’m really glad that Kimber had the opportunity
to grow up in one place, and develop lifelong friends and
relationships,” added Christy. “And Moab is the
perfect community for that.”