Arapahoe grads shaped by challenges

Posted 5/29/19

Arapahoe High School's class of 2019 has already faced its fair share of challenges. “It was a hard year to be a Warrior,” said Board of Education member Robert Reichardt, addressing the …

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Arapahoe grads shaped by challenges

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Arapahoe High School's class of 2019 has already faced its fair share of challenges.

“It was a hard year to be a Warrior,” said Board of Education member Robert Reichardt, addressing the graduates at the University of Denver's Ritchie Center on May 25, referencing two members of the class who died by suicide last fall. “We remember these tragedies with a heavy heart, but this is a day of celebration.”

Principal Natalie Pramenko called a moment of silence for the students, and two others who died by suicide the year before.

“We've experienced loss and tragedy,” Pramenko said, adding that members of the class of 2019 are forged by fire. “I have no doubt you will accomplish many great things. You are special and I will never forget you.”

Moving on from challenges is vital, said graduate Brooklyn Schelhaas, who said she spoke at her father's memorial service only nine days earlier, after losing him to cancer.

“We can't sit around and wait to make a difference,” Schelhaas said. “Whether we like it or not, our struggles have shaped us.”

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