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This article was published in the Glenwood Spring’s Post Independent. By John Stroud.

Stephany Ortega, winner of two scholarships, addresses classmates and audience members at the Yampah Mountain High School commencement ceremony at the Glenwood Springs Community Center on Friday. Photo: Colleen ONei

Stephany Ortega, winner of two scholarships, addresses classmates and audience members at the Yampah Mountain High School commencement ceremony at the Glenwood Springs Community Center on Friday. Photo: Colleen ONei

Individuality, hard work and believing in oneself aren’t words that get lost on the graduates of Yampah Mountain High School.

In fact, they are the very definition of the alternative public high school in Glenwood Springs that serves students from four area school districts stretching from Parachute to Aspen.

Take 2015 graduate Stephany Ortega, for instance.

After dropping out of traditional high schools three times, Ortega came to Yampah two years ago determined not to give up, Principal Leigh McGown shared during the school’s graduation ceremonies at the Glenwood Springs Community Center arena Friday morning. Ortega continued her education while working two jobs to help with family expenses, and even began taking college-level classes at Colorado Mountain College. She recently earned an A in her college algebra class. For full article