Tag: Operation Graduation

Operation Graduation 2011 Essay: Joshua Duren (Huntsville, Ala.)

Over the course of the past several weeks, I have taken a journey. I was given hope, promise, and now success. The Ombudsman Program helped me to set and achieve goals at pace I was comfortable with, while teaching me ...

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Operation Graduation 2011 Essay: Reggie Meadows (Downers Grove, Ill.)

If you’re a 19 year old high school drop-out, who had decent grades but didn’t apply yourself fully, like me, than you need to be at Ombudsman.  Ombudsman is a place where you can succeed. We have three great teachers who ...

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Operation Graduation 2011 Essay: Daniel Reaves (Athens, Ala.)

My name is Daniel Reaves. I am eighteen years old and was originally a junior at Ardmore High School. I failed back in seventh grade and I never gave up hope that I would catch myself back up one day. ...

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Operation Graduation 2011 Essay: Ben Jambois (Skokie, Ill.)

My name is Ben Jambois and I am 18 years old. I am ten days away from graduating after finishing my second year at Ombudsman. My high school experience was marked by a turbulent history of continual visits to the ...

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Operation Graduation 2011 Essay: Blair Anderson (Crestwood, Ill.)

I’m happy to say I’m graduating from high school this month. In my earlier years of high school I messed up doing bad things. In my recent years, I discovered some health issues that have caused me to miss days ...

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North Harlem Graduation (Chicago)

The North Harlem Center graduation ceremony was a great event. The center was packed with proud parents and family of the OES graduates. Teachers had students write up short essays about the time they spent in the center and when ...

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Matteson South Graduation (Matteson, Ill.)

Matteson North and South held graduation ceremonies on June 7, and it was a fantastic night! Both centers welcomed parents and family to cheer on their graduates. Staff presented students with Presidential Awards and Reading Plus Program Academic achievement Awards, as ...

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Operation Graduation 2011 Essay: Stephanie Ketelaer (Skokie, Ill.)

I was a student at Niles West High School when, in my junior year, I became pregnant. I didn’t feel comfortable there anymore, surrounded by so many other kids. So I talked with my counselor to see if there were ...

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Operation Graduation 2011 Essay: Nicole Bauer (Downers Grove, Ill.)

Ombudsman has done many things for me. The most evident, however, is helping to get me to school.  Ombudsman teachers also help on assignments. Finally, Ombudsman has helped to improve my overall education. First of all, Ombudsman made sure I ...

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Operation Graduation 2011 Essay: Khamari Rodgers (Matteson, Ill.)

Statistics have shown that each year approximately 1.2 million students do not graduate from high school, but thanks to Ombudsman, that was not the case for me. Ombudsman gave me a second chance to prove to myself and parents that ...

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