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Brain injury patient overcomes the odds to graduate with his class

May 29, 2019

Mitch Lukes isn’t an average high school student. He skis, mountain bikes, owns a lawn-care business and loves spending time with his family.

Mitch was entering his senior year at Ponderosa High School in Parker, Colo., when he survived a mountain biking accident and brain injury.

While rehabilitation and returning home was his primary focus, he also wanted to keep up with his schoolwork and graduating class.

Enter Craig School Program teachers Laura and Cory. They worked with Mitch and his teachers and counselors at Ponderosa High School to customize a program that would fulfill his education and graduation requirements as he rehabilitated. They also worked with the school to create a plan so Mitch could return to school but accommodate his new learning needs following his brain injury.

CBS4 recently covered Mitch’s inspiring story.

Mitch was honored to be selected as Ponderosa’s 2019 student commencement speaker. He encouraged his peers with a message of hope and perseverance. "If you want to do something, you've got to give it your all," he says. It's a message that will be remembered by graduation attendees for years to come.

What’s next for Mitch? He’s attending Montana State University in the fall. Mitch has earned an Alumni Education Scholarship, supported by donors of the Craig Foundation.

Want to celebrate more students who have recently graduated? Check back soon for another blog post featuring their stories!