STEM School Highlands Ranch Class of 2018: What have you learned that you will carry with you for the rest of your life?


I have learned how valuable resilience and determination are. It's always good to have dreams and plans, but adaptability is just as important. Just because something doesn't go how you planned — a competition, a test, a friendship — doesn't mean that it's wrong. It's just how it is. And the most rewarding and productive thing to do about that is to take it as it is and do what you can, want or need to achieve.

— Cyra Gallano, STEM Highlands Ranch

With my high school career drawing to a close, I prepare to exit the doors I once entered as a shy, quiet, sixth-grader in the fall of 2011: the inaugural year of the school. As I reflect on the past seven years as a STEM student, what has stuck with me has been the lessons I have learned from my teachers: in their classrooms, over lunch, and during their off periods. Teachers and administrators at STEM know us personally and use that knowledge to really grow each of us as individuals. Of course it is a teacher’s job to provide instruction and education to their students about a subject; however, what I have learned from my teachers over the years at STEM far surpasses the realm of academia: how to persevere, unlock my creativity, and grow after making mistakes.

— Caroline Turner, STEM Highlands Ranch

Something that I have learned that I will carry with me for the rest of my life is to make sure that I will always be respectful to all and follow in the footsteps that my mom has left for me.

— Nathan Thornhill, STEM Highlands Ranch


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