Smoky Hill High School's graduation kicked off with students presenting about two dozen flags representing the diversity of the class at the school's May 24 ceremony.
The crowd heard its fellow students perform the hopeful song “Rise Up” by Andra Day — and others gave a rendition of “The Final Countdown” by 1980s band Europe during the event at the University of Denver Ritchie Center.
Malaysia Atwater and Michael Alisky were recognized as outstanding seniors. Kenneth Foster and Mahalia Thomas were recognized as the male and female athletes of the year with honors.
Valedictorian candidates included Alisky, Atwater, Harold Irving Bacheller IV, Peyton William Cooper, Cherish Brejanee Despain, Sara Beth Duncan, Julia Jo Jackson, Isaac Kalemba Lubega, Leah Naomi Rosen, Adalyn Elaine Tucci and Maya Jo Vazquez.
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