Operation Graduation 2015: Hipolito Hernandez (Phoenix)

Date: June 1, 2015

Hello…My name is Hipolito Hernandez, and I am from West Charter.

In lieu of David Letterman retiring this year, I thought I’d start out with the TOP 5 things I will NOT miss at Ombudsman. I am sure the graduates in our audience can relate.

5) Taking the bus an hour each way.
4) Always getting busted wearing my hoodie trying to hide my ear buds.
3) Listening to Mrs. Jagger say, “You better have 5 things done today.”
2) Trying to sneak on my cell phone without getting caught.

And the number 1 thing I won’t miss at Ombudsman is ….. Reading Plus.

The day is finally here. It’s 2015 and I’m a graduate. For so long my focus was on only one thing….graduating. I think we all wondered what this day would be like and it’s surreal to think that we are ALL finally here. I don’t feel any different than the person I was last week. However, when I first arrived at Ombudsman my sophomore year I was a boy….now…I feel like I’m a MAN.

I came here from Albuquerque because my freshman year I didn’t earn any credit and got kicked out of school. So I needed a fresh start. When I first enrolled at Ombudsman, I continued to make poor decisions that eventually got me kicked out of Northwest. But I owned up to the mistakes I made and I was given another opportunity at West Charter by Mrs. Jagger. The staff at the West Charter believed in me. Since the start of my junior year, my GPA is a 3.8. My success personifies what Ombudsman is about.

If I could give any advice to incoming students at Ombudsman it would be to keep moving forward and don’t put your feet back. Early on in my education, I made too many poor decisions. I guess the
old adage of, “I wish I knew then what I know now” is true. If I would have stayed on track from the beginning, I could have potentially graduated early. I put myself in a position where I had to catch up in school. For a year and a half I did double sessions every day from 11:30 to 7:30. It seems like a lot now, but looking back…it was a blessing in disguise.

One door closes and another door opens. Transferring to West Charter afforded me the opportunity to meet a very special individual. Marissa Rocha, a fellow graduate from West Charter, has gotten me through a lot over the past few years. She is my best friend, soul-mate, and I am grateful to have her in my life. When I was forced to make a decision to either move back to Albuquerque or stay in Phoenix, she and her family took me in so I could finish school here at Ombudsman. I cannot thank them enough for that.

We all need to remember that life is not a sprint, it is a marathon. Despite our accomplishment of graduating high school, we all have a greater purpose awaiting us. My goal is to enroll in college next year and start my prerecks while studying music and business. Who knows what lies ahead of us, but the fact that we graduated gives us all the confidence to believe that we can accomplish anything we want.
To conclude, I’d like to take the time to tell you all what I am going to miss about Ombudsman…

  • Gaining a sense of accomplishment that I’ve never felt before
  • Knowing that if I work hard, I wouldn’t fail at this school
  • I will miss my fellow classmates that I have met over the years
  • And the number one thing that I will miss at Ombudsman is Teachers that actually care.

I would like to thank Mr. Roberts, Ms. D, Mr. Barker, Mr. Hubbard, Mr. Ferrell, Mrs. Knapp, Mr. Weller and Mrs. Jagger for all that you have done.


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