“I got there just in time before everything ended.”
From Juan Zumba High School for Arts and Business

The story I’m going to talk about is the proudest moment of my life when I graduated from middle school. This story is important because I gave it my all from 6th grade to 8th grade to graduate and move on to high school.

The thing I remember about graduating is that same day I got sick and had to go to the hospital. They told me if it wasn’t a bad infection or sickness I could go to graduate, but if it was, I had to stay for the whole day and miss my graduation. Luckily, they told me it wasn’t that bad and I could go.

That day I had to hurry up; I got dressed while I was in the car. The ceremony was at Queens College and I got there just in time before everything ended. As I entered, my dean looked at me with a face… I was smiling, but she wasn’t, but she still let me inside. I got there right before the graduation ended. As they were leading us out, my friends came up to me and I told them what happened, why didn’t I make it in time, and I told them I got sick and went to the hospital but I still graduated.

So now I’m in the High School for Arts and Business and that was the proudest moment of my life, graduating from middle school to high school. Thank you.

Interview conducted in Queens, NY.


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