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Operation Graduation 2013: John Styers (Elgin, Ill.)

Ombudsman has given me the opportunity to finally obtain my high school diploma. Few other places could give me the chance of completing four years of school in just two. It was at Ombudsman that I found the drive to ...

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Operation Graduation 2013: Jamal Coleman (Elgin, Ill.)

My name is Jamal Coleman. I am 20 years old, and today I’m done with high school. I’ve been in high school for five years and, man, does it feel good to be done! When I first started, I attended ...

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Operation Graduation 2013: Chancelor Miller (Holt, Mich.)

“The two most important days in your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why.” – Mark Twain During the years since Ombudsman’s founding in 1975, they have provided 145,000 teens a second chance ...

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Operation Graduation 2013: Keith Whitt (Kalamazoo, Mich.)

A lot can change in one year. A person’s mindset can fuel them to achieve any of their goals. Although it wasn’t the best of situations that brought me to this school, looking back I would not have had it ...

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Operation Graduation 2013: Caitlin Welch (DeKalb, Ill.)

Ombudsman has made the biggest change in my life I’ve ever experienced so far. Before I started attending Ombudsman I dropped out of school because I would skip so much and my classes wouldn’t count anymore because I went over ...

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Operation Graduation 2013: Christopher Manning (Holt, Mich.)

Growing up in Lansing with no positive role models affected my actions and decisions as a student. I started my ninth grade year at Everett High School where I goofed off with my friends. The teachers seemed uncaring because they ...

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Operation Graduation 2013: Jennifer Mangerie (Peoria, Ariz.)

It’s easy to say that I started from the very bottom. I have faced numerous obstacles along the way but even when it seems entirely impossible, there is a top for everyone. I never, in a million years, would have ...

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Operation Graduation 2013: Ryan Chmura (Elgin, Ill.)

High school has been an extremely rough ride for me. I haven’t always made the best decisions. My name is Ryan Chmura, and I am 18 years old. Even though these past four years have been up and down, I ...

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Operation Graduation 2013: Dallas Boehm (Elgin, Ill.)

My name is Dallas Boehm, and I’m and happy to finally say that I have successfully completed high school. Through these four short years, I have leaned a lot about myself, what it’s like to enter adulthood, and how to ...

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Refugees work toward diplomas in new school (Sioux Falls, S.D.)

05 Jun 2013 by: Josh Verges Program for older students gets more space A pilot program that aims to give older refugee and immigrant students a shot at graduating from high school before they turn 21 has changed locations and ...

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