Rise & Shine: Valedictorian returns home — to her former internment camp

WE HARDLY KNEW THEE Colorado Education Commissioner Rich Crandall resigned abruptly Thursday barely four months into the role, leaving questions about what happened and what happens next for a department facing major issues. Chalkbeat Colorado, Aurora Sentinel, Denver Business Journal

I WANNA GET PHYSICAL (EDUCATION) The Denver school board adopted new high school graduation requirements that retain P.E. and arts mandates that were on the chopping block. Chalkbeat Colorado

SEAL OF APPROVAL Meet a Denver South High School student who is about to graduate with a seal of biliteracy and hear her explain what it means to her in three languages. Chalkbeat Colorado

NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK Nine schools are seeking approval to open or expand in Denver — eight charter schools and a district-run school that would prepare students for careers in law enforcement. Chalkbeat Colorado

TRAILBLAZERS Boulder Valley School District graduating seniors talk about becoming the first in their families to head off to college. Daily Camera

‘AMERICA, OUR HOPE IS IN YOU’ The 1943 Amache Senior High School valedictorian returns to her former home — the site of the former Japanese internment camp that confined her. 9News

A MORE RECENT VALEDICTORIAN “Live your lives … do some great stuff,” urges the top graduating senior at Littleton’s Heritage High School. Littleton Independent

REISSUE, REPACKAGE Poudre School District’s recycling efforts this year will have the same positive environmental impact as planting more than 16,000 trees and letting them grow for a decade. Coloradoan

BUBBLES BURST In a story that took a surprisingly long time to catch the attention of click-chasers, a 5-year-old girl in the Brighton school district got suspended for bringing a princess bubble gun to school. WABC-TV (Los Angeles), Washington Post, Independent (U.K.)