'Achievement is made from work'

Ponderosa High School

Posted 5/23/19

An unusually heavy spring snowstorm changed plans for Ponderosa High School graduates. The May 21 commencement ceremony was moved from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., giving district personnel enough time to …

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'Achievement is made from work'

Ponderosa High School

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An unusually heavy spring snowstorm changed plans for Ponderosa High School graduates. The May 21 commencement ceremony was moved from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., giving district personnel enough time to shovel the field and track at EchoPark Stadium in Parker.

The graduates swapped heels and sandals for sneakers and boots and braved the brisk temperatures to receive their diplomas. Hundreds of families and friends bundled up in the stands.

Mitchell Lukes, who had a mountain biking accident last fall that left him in a coma, gave one of three commencement speeches. He credits his recovery to unwavering hope.

“When life gets you down and you don't think you have the strength to continue, use hope,” Lukes said to the graduates. “Achievement is made from work. In that work is unbearable adversity, but it's in that adversity that the magic happens.”

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