A dozen people, including four students, were nominated by educators and community members as people who bring “superpowers” to their daily lives. They are all inspiring examples of how individuals can make a difference.
The keynote speaker is a case in point.
Denver County Judge Theresa Spahn, who graduated from Westminster High School, will talk about her life and accomplishments. Growing up in what she described as a “working-class neighborhood” she was the first in her family to earn a college degree.
In a profile in “The Docket”, the official magazine of the Denver Bar Association, Spahn said that when she was young she never imagined that she would become a lawyer, let alone a judge. Spahn told the magazine the people in her community inspired her to further her education.
In 2011, Spahn ran unsuccessfully for Denver Mayor and in a profile, with Westword she described her journey:
"When I was in high school, I had my own challenges and serious issues going on," she continues. "I didn't graduate from high school; I had to go back to night school to get my diploma. But many people in the community believed in me and pulled me forward. And I think we need to do the same thing in order to do right by our children."