Colorado’s Finest students take next steps

Posted 5/14/19

Some of them have dealt with homelessness, while some of them have chronic illnesses — but that didn’t stop them from obtaining a high school diploma. More than 50 students graduated from …

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Colorado’s Finest students take next steps

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Some of them have dealt with homelessness, while some of them have chronic illnesses — but that didn’t stop them from obtaining a high school diploma.

More than 50 students graduated from Colorado’s Finest High School of Choice in Englewood on May 11.

“We believe in empowering the people in this building, because really the people are our greatest resource,” Principal Bobbie Skaggs said. Skaggs emphasized how Colorado’s Finest is like a family.

Some of the students transferred to the school from other Denver metro area high schools. Many of them have plans to attend college at Arapahoe Community College, Metropolitan State University of Denver, Red Rocks Community College and other schools.

“This is the day we start our lives that we’ve looked forward to since we were children. A lot of (students) here at Finest (didn’t) have the best start in high school, but that’s OK,” said Clayton Shine, one of the students who graduated. “We earned a second chance to graduate, and we did just that.”

Colorado’s Finest offers students a chance to go through a program with a flexible schedule.

“I felt such an instant connection and instant support coming from all my teachers. It was incredible, the genuine care I felt,” said Elisabeth Sells, a graduate. “I honestly have never felt anything like that before.”

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