Denver7: Aurora graduate overcame pandemic school year, other challenges to graduate with the class of 2021

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"Kaden DeVault says without the pandemic, he might not be where he is today, preparing to graduate from Gateway High School next month.

He struggled through much of his earlier high school career after his older brother was murdered. 'I just wasn't motivated. I quit basketball and I loved basketball,' DeVault said.

With his falling grades, DeVault wasn’t eligible for sports his sophomore and junior years. He almost dropped out of school. 'My brother had dropped out of high school, and I was like, well, if he can do it, I can do it,' DeVault said.

But things changed during his junior year.

Ron Fay had just started his first year as Gateway’s principal, and he noticed the struggling student. 'I’m interested in stories, first and foremost, because when we get to share our stories, we share a part of ourselves,' Fay said.

Fay and the staff at Gateway knew DeVault’s behavior in school was an expression of his pain and personal struggles, not his abilities."