COLIN COLE­MAN

FOR­EST LAWN HIGH SCHOOL

Calgary Herald - - THE CLASS OF 2020 -

Can I please have you raise your hand if at any point some­one doubted that you would grad­u­ate? Keep your hand raised if the per­son that doubted you at some point was your­self. Ladies and gen­tle­men, this is the re­al­ity of many of these stu­dents’ lives. I want to con­grat­u­late ev­ery sin­gle one of you for com­plet­ing high school and de­feat­ing all stereo­types and prej­u­dice that oth­ers had of you. Some thought you would drop out, oth­ers thought you would be work­ing 12 hours a day, but here we are, prov­ing that we made it, and no one can take that away from us. I have dif­fi­cul­ties with so­cial interactio­n and com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­cause I suf­fer from autism. School is be­yond chal­leng­ing for me and de­spite all the ob­sta­cles placed in front of me, I am grad­u­at­ing to­day with my fam­ily and fel­low grad­u­ates cheer­ing me on. Con­grat­u­la­tions, ev­ery­one.

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