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Hats off to the LHS Class of 2014. Photos by Jennifer Smith

Littleton Lions show their true colors Purple-and-gold-clad grads celebrate success

This workshop will introduce you to the world of international business Discussion topics include:  Export/Import logistics  Strategy  International Marketing Strategy

By Jennifer Smith

jsmith Littleton High School’s graduation ceremony is known for being lively, and the Class of 2014 did not disappoint, with creative speakers taking their time to shine. “When the zombie apocalypse happens, and it’s only a matter of time, we’re all going to have to learn how to survive on our own,” said Lucas Sorensen, valedictorian. “… In the words of the terrible role model Walter White from ‘Breaking Bad,’ I am not in danger. I am danger. I am the one who knocks on the door.” Flavio Olvera, senior speaker at the May 23 ceremony, recounted the legend of the Golden Buddha, said to have been covered in clay by Tibetan monks to keep it from being looted by Burmese invaders. It was forgotten for many years until a chunk of clay fell off, revealing its true nature. “At birth we are connected to our bliss,” Olerva said. “Then we go to school. We’re taught this is how girls act, this is how boys act, this is how black people act, this is how white people act. “We’re no longer what we were born to be, we’re what society wants us to be. “But you’re not just another test score. You’re not just another pretty

Exporting & Importing 101:

Workshop taught by industry experts from the World Trade Center Denver!

Wednesday, June 11 9:00 am—11:00 am $25.00 per person

Happy families reunite after the LHS graduation ceremony May 23 at Littleton Public Schools Stadium. face. Heck, you’re not just another ugly face.” Even the parents got in on the action, hooting and hollering and blowing air horns when their respective kids got to the podium. They then got the biggest laugh of the day when Superintendent Scott Murphy thanked them for supporting their children’s journey through high school. “Thanks to your parents, who are also entering a new stage of their life,” he said. “YES!” was the lone but resounding response from the stands. There were the serious moments, too, of course. Jennifer Russ, salutatorian, re-

called the three little pops in her knee that brought her down on the athletic field. “I was disappointed, scared and openly heartbroken,” she said. “But I’ll get through it, because I’ll never be alone. I was on a team. My teammates picked me up from the field that day and they haven’t put me down since.” Meredith Maney spoke of finding happiness in the little things, like a nickname, not just in bit things like a “promposal.” “Because happiness is the small moments,” she said. “… It’s in the realization that you’ll miss something about how life was, how it is, at Littleton.”

South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce 2154 E. Commons Ave., Suite 342, Centennial, CO 80122 (Southwest corner of University Blvd. & Arapahoe Rd. in the Streets at Southglenn)

Please register at least 48 hours in advance at

The South Metro Denver Small Business Development Center is partially funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration. The Support given by the U.S. Small Business Administration through such funding does not constitute an express or implied endorsement of any of the co-sponsors' or participants' opinions products or services. The Colorado SBDC is a partnership between the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, the U.S. Small Business Administration, Colorado's institutions of higher education, and local development organizations.

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Heritage High School

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