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Operation Graduation 2015: Marty Sebrell (EdTrek, Holt, Mich.)

My life before EdTrek was a difficult one; being in the high school was not for me. I have been deaf in my right ear since I was born. Therefore, I have always had to deal with that, and I’m ...

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So you’re Pregnant… Now What? Tips from a Teen Mom (Chicago)

I was 16 years old in 2012 when I found out I was pregnant. I had just moved across the country to live with my mother and had been feeling under the weather for a few weeks – hot, dizzy ...

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Parent Letter: “Without Ombudsman, our son wouldn’t be where he is today.” (Fulton, Ga.)

We received the following letter from a parent of one of our students at the Ombudsman Fulton North center in Georgia. We’re so grateful Mr. Albert granted us permission to share this on the blog: Mr. Petit, I want to ...

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Operation Graduation Essay: Ombudsman Saved My Life (DeKalb, Ill.)

My name is Christian Vargas. I have attended high school for 6 years, and will graduate with the class of 2014. After looking back at those years I realized how much of my struggles made me the person I am today. ...

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Operation Graduation Essay: Before coming to Ombudsman I lacked motivation (DeKalb, Ala.)

I’ve learned a lot of things in my life that have helped me grow as a person. One thing I’ve learned while attending Ombudsman is that self motivation is very important. Even though I am still working on being able ...

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Operation Graduation Essay: “I started looking forward to going to school” (Limestone, Ala.)

When I first moved to Alabama, I couldn’t attend my junior year of high school because of family issues. So, I had a bad attitude for school because I knew it was going to take me an extra year to ...

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Operation Graduation Essay: “The Teachers are Amazing” (Limestone, Ala.)

I’ve been at West Limestone from K-12. There may be some good teachers there, but I didn’t feel like I was really learning anything. I went through a lot in the time that I was there. It made the distractions ...

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Operation Graduation: A Fifth Grade Drop-Out Who Overcame the Odds (Tucson, Ariz.)

My name is Stephanie Salgado. I’m 22 years old and was born in Bakersfield, California. I was raised in Tucson, Arizona until I was nine. My mom took my older sister and me out of school to go live with ...

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Parent Letter: ‘For the first time…Joey has enjoyed one-on-one attention every day’

The following letter was recently sent to the Director of Post Secondary and Workforce Readiness at our center in Englewood, Colo., which is operated through a partnership with Weld County School District 6. We are so thankful that Ms. Thompson gave us permission ...

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Operation Graduation Essay: “Earning a diploma means a means a milestone in life for me.” (Chicago)

Earning a diploma means a milestone in life for me. This is really the end of my childhood life and the beginning of adulthood and my career. This diploma means success, I went to three different high schools and I ...

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