The graduates of 2007 will soon don caps and gowns to head down the aisle toward their futures.
As graduation processions begin all around Denver and newsrooms begin to look for inspirational graduation stories, please consider profiles on some of the many successful stand-out graduates in APS. Here a just a few:
**Aurora Central senior Bayen Koji’s family lived in extreme political conflict in Ethiopia forcing them to flee to Kenya where they lived as refugees for seven years. Koji’s brother died during the family’s escape, his father was arrested and his mother is still in Ethiopia, but he has no contact with her. Koji was able to legally move to the U.S. to join his brother, already living in Colorado. Koji will attend CSU in the fall and plans to study biochemistry and become a medical doctor.
**Aurora Central senior Emmanuel Bol fled from the war in his country of Sudan and moved to Aurora three years ago. Bol did not speak English when he arrived in the country, but is now speaking English very well and taking advantage of every opportunity offered to him in school. Bol plans to study sports medicine in college.
**Aurora Central senior Jasmine Maciel is a very accomplished young lady. She is student body president, president of the social Interact Club. She’s also a member of the speech club and national honor society. She recently presented the Dream Act to Rep. Ed Perlmutter, who has asked her to be a summer office assistant.
**Hinkley senior Didier Ndekezi and his family emigrated to the U.S. from the Congo nearly seven years ago. Ndekezi struggles with his speech because of cerebral palsy, but that won’t stop him from being voted as an outstanding 2007 senior. He will speak at his senior assembly on Monday, May 14 at 9 a.m. Besides his full-time class schedule, Didier works with his father at a part-time warehouse job to help with family finances.