Operation Graduation 2013: Haleigh Scott (Athens, Ala.)

Date: April 23, 2013

My name is Haleigh Scott and I am soon to be a high school graduate. I came to Ombudsman eight weeks ago to finish up my high school diploma. Over this short time here I have finished up the three classes I was missing in order to graduate. This is something I would not have been able to accomplish anywhere else. I am eternally thankful for the hard work of Mrs. Brown, Mrs. Davis, Ms. Andrews, and Mr. Hodge. They not only helped my receive all me credits but also put in a lot of extra work so I could still receive my advanced diploma.

Back in October I started to have lots of medical issues. I was constantly at the doctors and I still go on a pretty regular basis. I had to miss a lot of school and catching up on homework when you don’t even understand the material is pretty much impossible. My grades went from all A’s and the occasional B to straight D’s and F’s. I didn’t know what I was going to do because my doctor’s appointments started to become more frequent and the school work was piling up.

I talked to my schools guidance counselor and she recommended I come to Ombudsman. My mom set up a meeting and I got enrolled back in early January. I remember her coming home and saying that a spot had just opened up and being so happy and relieved. In December I was scared I would fail my senior year and just a few weeks later I had hope to not only pass but with straight A’s.  We came up to the school and filled out some paperwork and everything was all set.

Now I come to school every day from 12 till 4. I can still go to my doctor’s appointments without having to worry that I will get left behind while my class is learning newer material.  I love how I can go at my own pace on all the material and the teachers can help me along if I am having any difficulties. I wish all schools were like Ombudsman because it is just a very personalized and efficient way to learn. During the last two months I have learned what would have taken me 10 months in my traditional high school.

My quest for my diploma is almost complete and I am making plans to go to the University of North Alabama in the fall. Without the help of Ombudsman I would have lost my full ride scholarships and had to wait another year to start college. Again I cannot stress how thankful I am that I was afforded this amazing opportunity.


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