Moving Forward

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 11th grade which made High School difficult. I thought school was just a waste of

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Throwing Hats Graduation

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 in our audience can relate. 5) Taking the bus an hour each way. 4) Always

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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 staff who made it possible for the Class of 2013 to earn their high school

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Operation Graduation 2013: Meet the Finalists!

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, Athens, Ala. Caitlin Hill, Elgin, Ill. Michael Hollis, Seneca, Mo. Sydney Kramer, Holt, Mich. Jennifer

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Become your dream

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 thought I’d be where I am today. After reading this essay, I can honestly say,

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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 went through to, finally, get to graduation. When I first started school, I really had

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Operation Graduation 2013: Sabian Miller (Peoria, Ariz.)

I feel I will be walking away from graduation with more than just a high school education. I feel this way because of my unique experience and new found outlook I have gained from attending the last semester of my senior year at Ombudsman. To most, Ombudsman may seem to be just another alternative high

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Operation Graduation 2012: Mercedes Grado (Glendale, Ariz.)

Time has been flying since the month of April, where did it all go. I feel like the school year just begun. I have exactly twenty four days left of my senior year. All my hard work has finally paid off; I’ll be a 2012 graduate. I’m so glad I had the option of coming

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