Tag: Arizona

Life Lessons From A Teen Mom – You Are Worth It! (Phoenix)

I was 13 years old and in seventh grade when I found out I was pregnant. I was terrified and asking myself, “How could this happen?” Certainly, I knew what I was doing, but I never expected to get pregnant ...

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Operation Graduation 2015: Esteban Orozco (AZ Charter Central)

High School, the place where you decide to start planning for your career and getting serious in life. For me, High School was not the best four years of my life. Many things happened in my life from 9th to ...

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Operation Graduation 2015: Hipolito Hernandez (Phoenix)

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 ...

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Operation Graduation: A Fifth Grade Drop-Out Who Overcame the Odds (Tucson, Ariz.)

My name is Stephanie Salgado. I’m 22 years old and was born in Bakersfield, California. I was raised in Tucson, Arizona until I was nine. My mom took my older sister and me out of school to go live with ...

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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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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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Alternative education scores high in Arizona: Schools for struggling students continue to show improvement; 9 given top marks (Phoenix)

25 Aug 2013 by: Mary Beth Faller Alternative schools can be the last best hope for students who have been expelled, can’t succeed in a traditional classroom or fall behind their peers. In Arizona, more than 180 alternative schools help ...

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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: Jennifer Mangerie (Peoria, Ariz.)

It’s easy to say that I started from the very bottom. I have faced numerous obstacles along the way but even when it seems entirely impossible, there is a top for everyone. I never, in a million years, would have ...

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Operation Graduation 2013: Elisabeth DeNomme (Glendale, Ariz.)

Graduation is a very special and important time in everyone’s life. You have finally finished high school! I, honestly, thought I would never have made it this far. Let me tell you about my journey and the difficult times I ...

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