JMA graduates overcome challenges – New Mexico News

JMA graduates overcome challenges – New Mexico News

DeJanay Booth , Carlsbad Current-Argus
3:05 p.m. MT May 19, 2017

Jefferson Montessori Academy graduate Caitlin Worden stood before more than 40 people to speak about her life at Thursday’s commencement.

Worden remembered when she was told that she was a “lost cause.” But after enrolling in JMA as a middle school student, she said she found the strength to pursue her education.

“I was blown away by the family environment and the compassion each student and teacher had to show,” Worden said. “My amazing, wonderful teachers never gave up on me no matter how many times I let them down. And that will always be my ambition to strive for the best in life.”

Five Jefferson Montessori Academy graduates each had a story to tell about their fight to see graduation day.

They talked about being unsure of their future, their lack of confidence and how certain people helped them move forward in school.

Senior class sponsor Rich May said he remembered when there were 20 students in the class, but he was proud to see the remaining five graduate.

“We all come from really different backgrounds and we all have unique stories to tell. I’m glad we were brought together here at JMA,” said…

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