Tag: Alabama

Student Essay: Lauren Wooten (Athens, Ala.)

Why I Came (Back) to Ombudsman I hope y’all missed me! I’m back again for my second, and final year at Ombudsman. I started school here last year because I was pregnant and needed a quicker, less time consuming way ...

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Operation Graduation 2013 Winners Announced!

A guest post from Ombudsman’s Chief Operating Officer Allison O’Neill. I am excited to announce the winners of Operation Graduation 2013, and before I do, I would like to recognize the operations managers, center directors, center staff, instructional leadership and support ...

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Operation Graduation 2013: Meet the Finalists!

Operation Graduation 2013 was a great success! We received more than 50 essays and videos from Ombudsman students around the country, and now it’s time to meet your Top 12 High School Finalists. They are (in alphabetical order): Molly Bates, ...

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Operation Graduation 2013: Karsen Mitchell (Athens, Ala.)

When I came to Ombudsman I had no clue what I was doing with my life. I was struggling to attend school, and I was giving up. I didn’t care to graduate, or have a better life for myself. I ...

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

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 ...

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Pomp despite circumstance: Teen graduates on time even after unplanned pregnancy (Athens, Ala.)

23 May 2013 by: Bayne Hughes Jeronimo Nisa/Decatur Daily Molly Bates with her 18-month old daughter Paisley on Thursday at the Ombudsman Center in Athens. CAPSHAW — When the plus sign appeared just more than two years ago, Molly Bates ...

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Operation Graduation 2013: Kaylie Ridinger (Athens, Ala.)

Ombudsman opened new doors for me. The mind is a terrible thing to waste, and that was exactly what I was doing. My senior year at my old school wasn’t good. I didn’t care about my grades or my diploma. ...

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Operation Graduation 2013: Richard Campbell (Athens, Ala.)

There are so many choices of schools when it comes to “catching up” but there is only one I would send my kids to, it’s called Ombudsman. Ombudsman is a great program for those of us lacking credits. Ombudsman has ...

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Operation Graduation 2013: Trenton Lacy (Athens, Ala.)

I’m Trenton Lacy, and I’m here because I did not pass all of my graduation exams. So, I came to Ombudsman to be able to graduate. Ombudsman has helped me to be able to succeed in school. The experience I ...

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Operation Graduation: Torn McKelvy (Athens, Ala.)

The school of Ombudsman has always been seen as a place of failure in my eyes, a place where you go when you are in danger of not being able to graduate. So when I found out I was amongst ...

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