Carrie Paulson is a teacher at Jefferson High School and has been for 18 years - longer than most of her students have been alive. She loves what she does, but back when she was in high school, she considered dropping out herself.
Mason Ham is a senior at Jefferson Junior/Senior High School this year. He says this was the school he was told to stay away from because - he says - it's viewed as the "ghetto school." A lof his friends go to Wheat Ridge or Lakewood high school.
Michael James is the principal at Jefferson High School and has been for six years. He goes out of his way to learn each student's name, which certainly can't be said for every principal.
Senior Ariadna Santos isn't just a good student - she's great. She takes AP classes and is looking forward to this year because she is excited to grow, even though this year being her last one in high school is surreal for her.
Football player Joseph Martinez attends Jefferson, but school and sports aren't his only focus. When he leaves school, he has to go to work to support his family. "I work from like 7:30 to 10:30 because we get out of practice at 6:30," Martinez said.
Jayline Lucero is a multi-tasker to the highest degree. She attends Jefferson, is on the drumline and works at Papa John's after class because she's essentially on her own even though she's just 17. Her mom is incarcerated and her dad is homeless.
Mason Ham is the self-proclaimed class clown of Jefferson Jr/Sr High School in Edgewater.
Mason plays basketball, runs track, is active in leadership, and is student body president
Martinez works, goes to practice, goes to work, does homework, goes to bed, then does it all over again the next day.
Martinez is on the Jefferson football team, which (for the first time in years) is winning games.
Joseph Martinez wants to be the first in his family to go to college
"I don't wanna be a dropout and just get my GED," Lucero said.
Lucero is on the drumline at Jefferson.
Senior Jayline Lucero said she used to be a "mess up" when she first started high school until she realized she wanted more for herself.
Paulson once donated her bike to a student because his was stolen and he had no other way to get to school.
Paulson says her favorite thing about Jefferson is the students.
Jefferson teacher Carrie Paulson has been teaching for 25 years.
On the weekend, you’ll find Ariadna either spending time with family or out with friends.
People would be surprised to know that Ariadna is actually a really loud person, but people don’t usually see that side of her.
Ariadna Santos says her favorite thing about Jefferson is the sense of community.