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Emily - A JMS Graduate Success Story

Emily came to Joan Macy as a high school freshman who had a lot of dislike for school. She was angry, barreling down the wrong path. She had difficulty with her peers and used a lot of colorful language. She was extremely angry at her district representative who placed her with us.

In the middle of 10th grade, Emily realized she was the key to her own success and pledged to do well enough at Joan Macy so she could return part-time to her home high school by 11th grade. With great determination, Emily set out to meet that goal. She became a model student. Always strong and organized academically, Emily turned her behavior around. She was polite and courteous. She was helpful and kind to her peers.

By fall semester of 11th grade, Emily was attending Joan Macy for the first 4 periods and her home High School for her last 2 periods. She excelled at both schools for the entire year. She earned Honor Roll every month as well as awards at our semester banquets for Top Academic and Citizenship. Last summer, Emily started working in our work experience program. She has worked in The Store @ David & Margaret since the beginning of this school year.

Emily continued to earn straight A's at Joan Macy and her home high school, Honor Roll each month, and 16 Club each week. She assisted with the younger students in our school program. We are very proud of all she has accomplished. Congratulations Emily on your graduation.! Emily plans to attend Pasadena City College in the fall.

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