At Jefferson High School's graduation ceremony, Principal Michael James asked the 2017 graduates to stand for all the normal recognitions — scholarship recipients and honors students.
But he also asked them to stand and be recognized for some of the adversities they had faced. Students stood up when he asked if any of them had been discriminated against, if any had been homeless, came from a family where drugs or alcohol was a problem and if anyone had an immediate family member pass away.
The students that make up the class of 2017 are champions at overcoming hardships, James said during his principal's address on May 17 at Ellie Caulkins Opera House in downtown Denver.
And they will continue to learn from adversity, he added.