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Students, teachers show bonds at graduation

Graduates walk at Colorado's Finest High School of Choice


It felt like family at Colorado's Finest High School of Choice, where a few dozen students heard teachers recount their stories as they crossed the finish line of their high-school careers.

“Three graduates will leave a hole in my heart,” said teacher Ginger Rode, introducing students who built relationships with her in their years at Finest.

A language-arts teacher told the crowd how one student “was the rock of our family.”

A large number of students transferred to the school from other metro-area high schools, and they stood alongside the podium one by one as the audience listened to their stories May 12 on graduation day.

One, from a STRIVE Prep school, plans to attend Community College of Denver for welding. One was a graduate of the cosmetology program at Finest. More than one received a Mayors and Commissioners Youth Award, and some students had unique plans for after graduation — one wants to rebuild orangutan habitats. Teachers told the stories of more than one student who worked a job during school and how some plan to go into military service.

Brianna Botcher, 19, came from Columbine High School to Finest and got more support at the Englewood school, said her sister, Danielle Culbertson.

“She made it happen,” said Culbertson, 32, reflecting on hurdles Botcher overcame.

She participated in cheerleading, choir and theater, playing lead roles in musicals. She plans to go to the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley to major in nursing and minor in psychology and theater.


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