First Graduate At Adelanto Charter Academy Shines Through Adversity

Photographs by Adelanto Charter Academy students Ronald Page and Anthony Chavez-Bautista.

By Nolan Patrick Smith

High Desert Daily Staff Writer

(Victorville)-Most schools have graduating classes in the hundreds, with hundreds more watching their loved ones prepare to move on to the next step in their lives. For Adelanto Charter Academy, the number of graduates who completed their High School Diploma requirements was quite smaller: the first class the school has graduated is composed of a single student.

Alaexzandria Young is the one graduate from Adelanto Charter Academy, and the school couldn’t be more proud.

The charter school, located near the Southern California Logistics Airport in Victorville, has around 65 students, the majority being in the elementary to junior high grade levels.  Many students and their families were on hand Thursday for the grade promotion ceremony, which promoted 5 students from Kindergarten to First Grade, 7 from Sixth to Seventh, and 8 from Eighth grade to Ninth.

The event was highlighted with the speech and graduation ceremony for Alaexzandria. Walking on to the campus for this event is something she thought would never be possible at one time, as her speech told her tale.

Photographs by Adelanto Charter Academy students Ronald Page and Anthony Chavez-Bautista.

“The path had been torn apart with six surgeries, a full body cast, enduring unbelievable pain, spending months sleeping in a hospital bed and weeks in the hospital, and ultimately being taught how to walk again. I am very proud that I can now stand on my own in front of you today.”

In her speech, Alaexzandria detailed having had six hip surgeries between the ages of 11 and 15, which led to having total hip replacement at 15. Having these surgeries made Alaexzandria miss waking up to go to school early, as she was home schooled for years, wondering if she would ever set foot on a school campus again.

On Thursday, Alaexzandria stood proud, surrounded by family, friends, school employees and board members as her name was called.

“When I became a student at Adelanto Charter Academy, I was embraced with open arms, warm personalities and helpful hearts.”

The charter school is a relatively new school, charted through the Adelanto Elementary School District.

4 comments for “First Graduate At Adelanto Charter Academy Shines Through Adversity

  1. Cindy Park
    June 24, 2011 at 9:01 am

    Inspiring!!! What a wonderful story.

  2. DT
    June 24, 2011 at 10:34 am

    Congratulations to the student and great job staff.

  3. Denna Young-Carnes
    June 24, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    WOW! I am still so very grateful to all of the staff and board members of ACA, As they are a dedicated group of people with a sincere love for what they do. My daughter has come such a long way and her father, grandparents, aunts and uncles could never be more proud of her than we are today… Much love to you Adelanto Charter Academy and double of that for you Mr. Nolan for getting our babies story out there to inspire others…

  4. Yvonne Barraza
    June 24, 2011 at 3:33 pm


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