S: Mason's Graduation 2014
FC: Mason's Graduation 2014
2: Dear Mason, 4326 Oakwood Lane will not be the same without you here. You bring an energy and positive attitude to our family that we will miss on a daily basis; however, it will always be an integral part of the McCoy family. We expect big things from you and look forward to the next phase of your life. Thanks for being the great example to Miller and the loving brother to Mitch and an incredible son to us. You are a natural leader and God has blessed us all so deeply by your presence. We are so proud of you and love you dearly.
4: Mason's School Years
5: The Years of Deuter, Bacher and Froggie Skip... | "'Gone'"" | The first of several hand injuries | It became apparent you were going to have allergies
6: the many F A C E S of M A S O N
8: Mason, You have had the good fortune of a BFF 2 doors down from the day we moved to West Des Moines.
10: Mason (Nuke Thompson)- A wise man once said, "If you don't make it, it's your own damn vault." Now I know this quote doesn't make sense and that's because it's not supposed to. But really, it is honestly hard to put into words how much you have impacted my life and how great it has been hanging out with you for the last sixteen and a half years of my life. I can't even begin to describe all the adventures and excursions we've had as friends, but you and I both know the funny, dangerous, and extremely stupid things we've gone through together. I know you'll kill it next year down in Texas, and I am confident that you are bound for amazing things in your future. I know we'll keep in contact and I'm looking forward to all the incredible things that lie ahead for both you and me down the road. Stay Golden, Michael (Thad Lazertag)
11: The Four Amigos
12: Passionate about Music | Zac Brown Band Whiskey Myers Kenny Chesney Led Zeppelin Eric Church Leonard Skinnard
13: Your Theatrical performances included leading roles in James and the Giant Peach, Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Dracula, Anne of Green Gables and Kez. In IHSSA you were chosen to go to All State every year of High School. Your Mime group was the Critics Choice in 2013.
15: HUNTING, FISHING, SHOOTING, BASEBALL, FOOTBALL, THE OUTDOORS AND THE ST. LOUIS CARDINALS. IT DOESN'T GET ANY BETTER THAN THAT.
16: You have been very busy with lots of fun activities.
17: Wow, Some amazing family vacations and fantastic trips with good friends.
18: Thankfully you decided tennis was a sport. You lettered all 4 years and became a rock star.
19: Other Activities DECA- Qualified for Nationals Silver Cord Mock Trial- 5th in State Intramural Football Captain Church League Basketball PowerLife Jr. Leader Gym Rat Sales Clerk at Tommy Hilfiger "Law Clerk" at LaMarca and Landry AP Scholar with Distinction High School Mentor- Rock in Prevention Student Council State Geography Bee Participant National Honor Society Outward Bound in Colorado-Mountaineering Camp GeorgeTown- National Security and Counter Intelligence Camp NSLC-American University-Law and Advocacy Camp
20: Dumb and Dumber
23: Dear Mason, You are the second McCoy boy to graduate from Valley High School, and while I left a "legacy" of what being one means, I know you have shattered all expectations and risen above all pre-conceptions. I am a nerd-I like Math and Science. You are a different kind of nerd-you like History, Politics, solving problems, and you are able to express your views in a way I could never dream of doing. We both play tennis, and both of us played Varsity at a competitive level. We both have our academic, athletic, and social niches, but you have something that I never had, and it's something that still eludes my grasp. That special ability of yours is something that I can't even name. It's....a special ability...I don't know what else to call it. There is just something about you that is absolutely awesome. It is a rare, intangible characteristic that makes anyone who has it a complete bad ass (pardon my Spanish). But because you have it, you aren't just a bad ass. You are also the guy who goes out of his way to do the right thing. Honestly, it's kinda scary....No....You're kinda scary. Not because you frighten me, but because there isn't anything that could stand in your way. You are going to be the one to take the world by the reins and steer it wherever you please. And believe me, I will be there, right by your side, supporting you the entire time. I will be the first to back you up, and I will never leave your side. So go out, do whatever you come across. And because I'm a nerd, the following phrase comes to mind: "Veni, Vidi, Vici." In the years to come, people will associate that phrase not with Julius Caesar, but with Mason Raymond McCoy. You Rock Bro. You're the Best. I love you, and I always will. Mitch P.S. Venies, Videbis, Vinces.
25: Mason, You are the best! From Your cotton headed ninny muggin brother, Miller
27: Mason, High School was a great path to watch you mature into the man you are today. I am so excited for this next chapter of your life. You have developed all the skills necessary to pilot your life wherever you decide to take it. I know you will accomplish your goals. I know you will set them high and then blow them away. I am so proud of the person you have become. Your values, your attitude, your Faith and your beliefs are your foundation. On top of that foundation will be your college experience that together will build and propel you to your goals, hopes and dreams. Thank you for being an outstanding son and man of integrity. Thanks for sharing my love of the outdoors, baseball, the Cardinals, patriotism, history and so many other things we both appreciate and find important. I look forward to watching your college experience and visiting you at TCU. I know you will bring the same level of enjoyment and accomplishment to your University experience as you have in high school. All My Love, Dad
29: Dear Mason, I still remember the sheer joy I felt when I discovered I was miraculously pregnant with YOU. I had prayed for that to happen and you truly were the answer to my prayers. It has been a delight watching you grow and mature in to such a fine young man. You have so many gifts and talents that clearly you get from your Father (and my Dad). You are intelligent, passionate, respectful and loving. Your family means so much to you and for that I will always be grateful. There is nothing more important than those who love you unconditionally and what is so awesome is that you "get that". You are mature beyond your years. I have cherished every phase of your life (well, almost every one of them). The days of "pirate boy" when you swayed back and forth every time you were a little out of your comfort zone. The years where you were a wreck if I was 5 minutes late picking you up, even though you always knew I would be there. The times when you ran through the house playing an imaginary game of baseball/football and the crowd would roar with delight (it actually could feel like there was a live audience watching you). Your baseball days were always exciting, especially the time you slid in to home plate shoulder first and got thrown out of 2 games, that was such an anomaly for you (polite but incredibly competitive) but actually very funny. Then you finally reached you senses and decided to play tennis and became a dandy player. Thankfully for me we can now enjoy tennis together. We share a strange sense of humor (think Triple Espresso on steroids.....My home's in Montana, I wear a Bandana) and I love laughing and joking with you. How did I get so lucky to have such an incredible son? I am profoundly blessed. I know I have been hard on you with grammar and table manners but, hey, you got a 35 in English on your ACT and I am still waiting for a "top score" with table manners. I know it will pay off some day. I have no doubt you will work hard in college and be quite successful in whatever you pursue. Remember, I love you from the bottom of my heart. Our home will not be the same without your energy and positive attitude, oh yea, and all your wonderful friends too. I will miss you so much but I look forward to seeing how you go out and set the world on fire. All my Love, Mom PS. One more thing, please remember to put the toilet seat DOWN!
31: Dear Mason, What can I say about the "All American" young man? I was there when your Mother gave you life and have kept a pretty close watch on you ever since. I recall you as an infant, being very close to your Mom and screaming your head off if I came into your bedroom to get you out of your crib. You would be standing up and excited to get out of your crib but when you saw my face,you would drop to the bed and begin crying. I remember when you lived in MN. your parents went to Ireland and I stayed with with you and Mitch. You finally decided I might not be so bad AND when your parents returned, you would not go to your Mom but would cling to me. I was so-o thrilled; however, this did not last very long. As a toddler, I loved your imaginary friends, Deuter and Bacher. You would play "worker-man" and your friends were there to assist you with your major projects. You know, Mas, they say imagination is a sign of great intelligence. And, sure enough!! As you have grown and matured into the fine young man that you are are, I have been able to share some of your life events. I have seen you go through your various school activities and have loved watching you. I have spent numerous vacations with you and you have always been so agreeable to what was going on. I feel as though you are able to adjust to whatever situation you encounter. I have loved meeting all of your friends, who I must say, are almost as nice as you. You truly have charm without overdoing it. I can see you as the type of man that any grandmother would be so proud to have as a grandson; or as a businessman with which anyone would want to do business; or a friend who would always be true; even as a wonderful husband and father. Like I said, I think you can adjust to most situations with integrity and responsibility. A few fun things with you, talk about trust, I remember removing the stitches out of your hand that were placed due to a baseball cleating and I removed them with toenail clippers. I think about a trip to France where I slept in a room with you 3 boys and you, Mason, who normally slept like a baby just could not sleep. I rubbed your back, suggested you just melt into the mattress and it seemed nothing worked. Only about 3-4 nights later when a friend said, "whatever you do don't eat the chocolate ice cream here, it has more caffeine than 3 cups of coffee". Since, you had a chocolate ice cream every night, we figured out why you were not able to go to sleep. I recall going to your NCYL conference at Drake and afterward a girl rushing up to you and asking for your phone number. A girl you did not even know, but obviously she had picked you out of the crowd of students!!! What a lucky guy, the girls seem to flock to you. Mason, I wish you much success in the life you have in front of you. You will be the best and I know that I will always love you!! Your DeeDee
33: Your Papa was an amazing Man and he loved you tremendously. You share so many of his incredible traits; your Faith, which guides you on a daily basis, your passion for our country, your love of the free enterprise system, your straight up moral compass, your compassion for those less fortunate and your desire to embrace life, have fun and enjoy your many blessings. He would be so proud of the man you have become. Papa died July 28, 2009, you were quite fortunate to have had his positive influence in your life for 13 years.
34: It's amazing that you were able to know and appreciate your Great Grand-Parents, Weetie and Albert. Thankfully Weetie passed down the trick to making fantastic green beans and Albert loved to tell you all about being on the USS Alabama in WWII. You have some great memories to cherish!
37: God made us cousins because he knew our Mom's could not handle us as siblings.
38: Some family trees bear an enormous crop of nuts.."Crazy" is a relative term in our family..This gene pool could use a little chlorine..I learned it from my Uncle. Why do these quotes come to mind??? | Aunts and Uncles
39: Favorite Books, Movies and TV The Shawshank Redemption Parks and Rec The Office Atlas Shrugged Glenn Beck's "Arguing with Idiots" Arrested Development Lone Survivor The Sandlot Hot Rod Star Wars Modern Family America: The Story of Us
41: National Council on Youth Leadership | Mason, Be Yourself, it's a tough act to follow.
42: Mason you will be a very successful and spirited Horned Frog. Congratulations on your invitation to the John V. Roach Honors College and for earning the prestigious Dean's Scholarship. Work Hard and Have Fun. We are so proud of you!
43: God's Blessings