Operation Graduation 2013: Dalton Smith (Athens, Ala.)

Date: May 24, 2013

Getting into Ombudsman was very difficult. I was on the waiting list at my high school for over half the year, and it seemed like I would never get in. I finally got the call sometime in February saying that I had been accepted. So I went for my interview and here I am today.

My first day was pretty tough. When I received my folder with all my work, I thought to myself that I would never finish. What scared me the most was the English and the math. I had eight core classes starting out, but within two weeks I had already knocked out my two English classes and had started working on science.

As time progressed, I began to get the hang of how things work. Honestly, Ombudsman isn’t as bad as everyone says it is. I had a great time getting to know all my teachers and cutting up with them when I was actually at school. This staff is probably the best group of teachers that I have ever had.

My plan for after graduating is to enroll in the local community college and take my basics. Once I complete them, I can hopefully transfer to Auburn University and get a degree in Agriculture. For a little while, this was all just a dream, but Ombudsman has helped give me a shot to succeed in what I want to do.

As I write this last paragraph, I would just like to thank Mrs. Brown, Ms. Andrews, Mrs. Davis, and Mr. Hodge for not losing hope in me when at times they had the right to. I will always remember and cherish the friends I’ve made and the fun times I’ve had. I truly appreciate the teachers for working with me and helping me get that piece of paper that obviously means so much. Thank you for helping me graduate!

Photo Credit: Expedition of Truths


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