Yellow Bird: Graduates inspire with their lives
"I saw a group graduation picture and recognized a young woman whom I had met several years ago, I told my sister. The young woman had struggled for most of her life because she had a mental disability. On that day, though, she was sitting with the graduates. I don't know what will become of her now, but I do know that even with her hardships, she will find her place in the world. She has proven that she can overcome almost anything.

Several years ago, I interviewed a young man who graduated from Red River High School. When he graduated, the entire high school audience stood and applauded him for several minutes. He, too, was an outstanding young man who had a disability and had to struggle. His mother couldn't have been prouder of him and watched over him like a mother hen, but he handled the interview well, as he did his graduation and, I suspect, the next step in his life. I didn't hear what happened to him, but I can only guess he is setting records wherever he is.

When I see these young people who were given so many hurdles to leap - and leap they did - I wonder what makes them strive, thrive and contribute, while so many of those who have every want and need met continue to reach and grab for more."

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Dorreen Yellow Bird: Grads' stories inspire the crowd (The Grand Forks Herald 6/6)
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