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Students honored for strength, perseverance DCSD, donor family provide $2,000 scholarships to 12 youths

in. I don’t think I could’ve changed it,” he said. “I did what I had to do.”


The Administrators’ Scholarship Program at Douglas County School District honors students who have overcome personal challenges and excelled in school. Since its inception in 1988, the program has awarded $175,000 in scholarships to nearly 200 recipients. Administrators and staff help contribute $1,000 to each student. For the past two years, a DCSD family has matched that amount. This year, 12 students received $2,000 apiece to go toward college expenses. Ben Rogers, Castle View High School To help support his mom and siblings, Rogers held a job through his four years of high school. He continues to save up so he can go to college in Alaska. “It was a situation I was put


are struggling with being genuine, several hypotheses were surfaced. One idea that garnered a lot of discussion was around this statement, “Some people are convinced that in order to succeed, they feel like they have to manipulate the outcome of every call, meeting, or interaction. They are confusing success with manipulation.” By manipulating others and being disingenuous we find ourselves trapped in a web of lies, fabrications, and an endless cycle of weak defenses and justifications. Some people have no issue with doing this and they repeat the behavior over and over again to create the best possible outcome for themselves, or to place themselves in the spotlight and as the center of attention. The

Alexia and Kelci Droogan, Chaparral High School Three years ago the Droogan twins lost their mother to cancer. School, they say, became a source of strength. This fall, Alexia will attend Colorado State University and Kelci will go to the University of Denver. Alexandra Nance, Douglas County High School In seventh grade Nance, struggling with anxiety, began self-harming. She spent the next several years rebuilding her life. She’s currently working on a novel and plans to study criminal law in college. Maci Ruder, Eagle Academy After a stint in rehab, Ruder decided to make a change. She poured herself into work and school and relied on her family for support. She hopes to work as a rehab therapist someday.

value of working hard and having fun. In the past four year she’s fully immersed herself into Highlands Ranch High School. She will attend Florida State University this fall. Andrew Voss, Legend High School Voss, who was born with two-thirds of his intestines removed, wants to study nursing in college to help others with physical challenges. “It’s always been, like, I’m just a normal kid who has to do a little extra to succeed,” he said. Vitalik Walle, Mountain Vista High School English is Walle’s third language, behind Russian and Ukrainian. Raised in an orphanage, Walle was adopted and moved to the United States five years ago. This fall he will attend Colorado Christian University.

Juliana Joyner, Highlands Ranch High School Joyner’s single mom taught her the

Jared Wilson, Plum Creek Academy Wilson’s anxiety makes human-tohuman interactions difficult. The twice-exceptional student, who is a skilled piano player, hopes to attend BYU-Idaho Pathway Program this fall for a degree or industry certificate.

problem is they actually believe they are fooling the rest of us, when in fact, most times we can see right through the disguise, pretense and manipulation. Lack of authenticity is a successkiller for sure. It damages brands, it tarnishes reputations, and it damages relationships, sometimes beyond repair. The amount of work that has to be done in order to undo the hurts and collateral damage, and re-establish credibility, is so much harder and takes so much more time than just simply being genuine and authentic right from the start. Being transparent and vulnerable takes courage, but as we become proficient at authenticity and transparency, our courage and confidence grow in parallel. And as this happens, we quickly recognize just how powerful these character traits are to the pursuit and achievement of our personal and professional success.

Integrity comes with authenticity. And integrity can be defined as living in such a way that we never have to look over our shoulder. It can also be defined as doing the right thing when no one else is looking. Being genuine, living, loving, and working with character and integrity sets us up to pursue our success from a position of authenticity. With authenticity comes trust, with trust comes deeper relationships, and with deeper relationships comes success. “You will make a horrible anyone else, but you will make the best you that ever lived.” Zig Ziglar If this is true, then why do we try and keep up with the Joneses? Why do we try and impersonate other people? Why do we spin stories and manipulate situations that could hurt others? It’s because we lack authenticity. Maybe we believe others won’t like who we really are. If that’s the case, maybe we have to

Yo u ’l l M o v e

M o u n ta i n s !

Mitch Lukes, Ponderosa High School Doctors were unsure if Lukes would survive a tragic mountain biking accident last fall that left him in a coma. He credits prayers and hope for his recovery. This fall he will attend Montana State University in Bozeman, where he will study business management. Sawyer Benson, Rock Canyon High School Benson, who was born with a rare disease that causes a smaller rib cage and lungs, has to carry a backpack with an oxygen tank inside. That doesn’t get in the way of his love for academics and computer science. This fall he will attend Neumont College of Computer Science in Salt Lake City. Samantha Golden, ThunderRidge High School Golden’s expectations for her senior year changed when her father became ill. She planned and spoke at his funeral, while keeping up with school. “She grieved but yet she was still standing strong,” said Meghan Cofer, her school counselor.

find different friends, people who accept us for exactly who we are. Or, if after a good hard look in the mirror, we can clearly see areas in our life that need to be changed. And then we take the time to become who it is we truly want to be. It is never too late to become authentic, genuine, transparent, and yes, even vulnerable. These are not successkillers; these traits are the building blocks of success. So how about you? Are you the real deal, the authentic and genuine article? Or is time to work on your own authenticity? I would love to hear your story at gotonorton@ and when we can be the best “us” that ever lived, it really will be a better than good week. Michael Norton is a resident of Highlands Ranch, the chief revenue officer at Eventus Solutions Group, a strategic consultant and a business and personal coach.

Of all the places you will go…only one lets you dream big and move moutains.

C o n g r a t ul a t i o n s! Class of 2019!



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