23 Apr Star Graduates 2019 – Desert Oasis
Desert Oasis High School Star Graduate is Yuhan Jiang. Yuhan moved to the U.S. at the beginning of her 10th-grade year. Not only was it difficult for her to catch up due to the language and cultural barriers, she also did not have any transferable credits.
She has attended summer school every summer to work on catching up from ninth grade, as well as taking extra credits throughout the school year. When Yuhan started, she was in regular classes and in the English Language Learner class. By her second year (11th grade), she went from regular math to Honors.
Now, as a senior, she is no longer in the English Language Learner class. She is taking two AP classes: Biology and Calculus AB; and she is in two Honors classes: English 12 and Principles of Anatomy/Physiology. Yuhan will be graduating with an Advanced Diploma.
At first, the transition to American life was tough, and she struggled with making friends. Just two years later, Yuhan has made many friends, and she has joined Desert Oasis’ No Place for Hate club. Although she will not be able to earn the CTE certification, she is still active in the school’s marketing program, and is a member of DECA.
Yuhan is excited to attend University of Utah in the fall to work on a pre-pharmacy major, and will continue her education to become a licensed pharmacist. Her parents are extremely proud of her, and feel that their move to America was definitely worth it.
Visit ccsd.net/students/star-graduates to see more of CCSD’s 2019 Star Graduates.