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Danilo Medina is congratulated by close friend Jackie Thomas during the Yampa Valley High School’s Graduation Friday on the lawn of the George P. Sauer Human Services Center. Medina said Thomas, who he works with at the Cantina Mexican Restaurant, is like a mother to him.

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3 students graduate from Yampa Valley School

Jackie Thomas embraced 21-year-old Danilo Medina as if he were her son. “You’re a sweet boy,” she whispered in his ear. “You did it.” Medina was one of three graduates of the Yampa Valley School, an alternative high school run through the Northwest Colorado Board of Cooperative Education Services.


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