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At DSST, we celebrate our seniors like athletes. On May 2nd, we'll bring together every DSST student and staff member to the Denver Coliseum and cheer as each senior announces their next steps in college and career. We'll also have proud parents and community leaders joining us to show our support for graduating seniors as they embark on the next chapter of their lives.

Next up is JoAnna Garcia, a member of the first graduating class at DSST: Cole High School. Here's what she had to say...

I feel proud of my class and school because we have defied the numbers. Because of the reputation that the community surrounding DSST: Cole, people underestimated us. At some point, I saw the class getting “senioritis,” including myself; but we pushed through it and now we're two months away from graduation. Overall, I am proud that we are the founding class and we have set a strong foundation for the classes to come.

I am proud of myself because I have gotten to my senior year. I didn't see myself getting this far, and now that we are months away from graduation, it feels surreal. I'm proud that I am going to college with my freshman year paid off and I don't have to worry about my parents paying anything.

Going to college matters to me because I want to give my family and myself a better future. I’ve always wanted to be able to give back to my parents for everything they have done for me and I know college is what is going to help me accomplish that.