The Power of the Diploma

Enriqueta Medina’s Success

Enriqueta Medina said that too often in her life she stayed quiet. Her life was full of turmoil and pain, but still Enriqueta said nothing. Last month though she finally spoke, and ...
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Alyssa Castillo’s Success

Alyssa Castillo says that it doesn’t matter if you’re 24 or 64 when you get your high school diploma. The only thing that matters, she says, is whether it is important to ...
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Leona Foster’s Success

Leona Foster is optimistic, charming, and radiates sunshine. When you first meet Leona, you would never guess what she has endured in her lifetime. Her candor and general love for life seem ...
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Selina Jackson’s Success

Selina Jackson shocked us all by opening up her speech at Highlands Winter Graduation with an earth-shaking song. Being the brave soul she is, Selina decided that singing at the beginning of ...
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Rosa Nuñez’ Success

When Rosa Nuñez first started to think about returning to school, she was told that it would take her about two years to learn English, complete her high school diploma, and take ...
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Sergio Navas’ Success

When Sergio Navas tries to tell stories of his past in class at Highlands no one believes him. “I have to always promise them it’s true,” Sergio laughed. “I take it as ...
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Nykisa Gray’s Success

Nykisa Gray shows off her diploma alongside her support system of teachers and peers. Nykisa is the first graduate of Highlands program with SHRA. Nykisa Gray said she has been on her own ...
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Salena Hansley’s Success

Most people think they know the narrative of “high school dropouts,” and this narrative usually points the finger at the person who didn’t complete their education. In Salena Hansley’s case, the narrative ...
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A Supportive Daughter

On Tuesday afternoon, Executive Director Murdock (Doc) Smith noticed a high school age student waiting in the hallway of a building on the main campus. As usual, Doc struck up conversation and ...
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Lorraine Cwalina’s Success

Lorraine Cwalina was one of those people that our system let fall through the cracks. She was given a grant for trade school education at a time when regulations were more lenient ...