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.
“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.