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Success Stories

Operation Graduation Essay: My teachers lifted my spirits and pushed me forward (Limestone, Ala.)

My name is Sarah, and this is my story. I went to Elkmont High School during my freshmen and sophomore year. It was a struggle to on a day to day basis. I struggled with my grades, homework, and the ...

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Operation Graduation Essay: I came here because conventional school didn’t work for me (Limestone, Ala.)

At first I was reluctant about coming to Ombudsman. I knew some kids who went here who were just troublemakers, a lot like I was at one time. I just really didn’t want to be caught up in that, because ...

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Operation Graduation Essay: I Wanted a Better Future for My Son (Limestone, Ala.)

I came to Ombudsman because I got pregnant my junior year. I got through most of my junior year without missing any school from morning sickness, because I didn’t have it luckily. My grades were not the best to begin ...

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Operation Graduation Essay: I Didn’t Know if I Wanted to Finish School at All (Dundee, Ill.)

Ombudsman has honestly saved my life as far as where I stand in my future. Before Ombudsman I was in and out of hospitals, attended a rehab facility, and was contemplating whether I even wanted to finish school at all. ...

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Operation Graduation Essay: I will be the first in my family to go to college (Phoenix)

High School is important because it’s going to help me get the job I want in the future. It has taught me to never give up and that you have to work hard to get what you want. My experience ...

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Parent Letter: “Jeremy is truly a ‘success story’ of Joe Foss School” (Sioux Falls, S.D.)

May 7, 2014 Dear Mr. Pansch, Ms. Tvedt and Ms. Beckette, I wish to wholeheartedly express our thanks for impacting the life of our son, Jeremiah over the last semester. Jeremy is truly a “success story” of Joe Foss School, ...

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Operation Graduation 2014 Essay: Lauren Wooten (Limestone, Ala.)

Defying the Odds Ombudsman changed my life. My first day attending here, I was a terrified mess. Now I cannot imagine myself finishing my education anywhere else. Ombudsman means more to me than most kids. I didn’t just come here ...

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Operation Graduation Essay: “If it wasn’t for this program, I would not have graduated from high school.” (Chicago Northwest)

During my time at Ombudsman, I have learned a lot. Especially with my problem doing some of my math equations, if it wasn’t for this program I would not have graduated from high school. Earning my diploma means getting on ...

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An Ombudsman student success story; a mother’s perspective (Phoenix)

I am the mother of a student who graduated from Ombudsman in the Northwest area of Phoenix about 10 years ago. I happened upon your Facebook page and thought I would take a moment to relate how very grateful I ...

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Student Profile: Victor Alvarez (Downers Grove, Ill.)

Victor is a senior from District 88. OES: Now that you have been with us for a few weeks, is the program what you expected? VA: My sister was enrolled at Ombudsman, so I had some idea what to expect. ...

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