Congratulations are in order for Greenville Junior/Senior High School’s class of 2023: Justina Jaimes. There is only one graduating senior this year from GHS and she graduated on Friday night and celebrated in the GHS gym along with her family, friends, and teachers.
“We have one graduating student who worked so hard to get here! She is bright, sweet, kind, and an amazing person! We are so proud of her,” wrote teacher Shannon Phillips.
“Perseverance,” said advisor Judy Dolphin, referring to Jaimes ability to overcome all sorts of obstacles to pull it through and graduate. It was not an easy road.
She survived multiple moves before and after the Dixie Fire took Greenville. She was in Susanville for awhile before returning to Indian Valley and had multiple charter high school experiences before coming back to GHS to graduate. There were times when she didn’t have a ride to school either.
She also recently lost her beloved grandmother Lori.
Jaimes’ speech reflected this.
She spoke of how her sister Janessa, papa and grandma Lori helped her so much. She spoke of how Dolphin helped her stay on task to graduate and given all the circumstances, how she felt like giving up, but those who cared for her helped get her to the finish line.
Jaimes indeed kept going and persevered. Two weeks ago, Judy Dolphin took her and Janessa on the quintessential ‘senior trip’—Disneyland—along with a day at iconic Huntington Beach and some time in the hotel pool.
Her senior project detailed her nursing job shadow at Seneca Hospital in Chester and delved deeper into the subject she’s chosen as a profession. Jaimes plans on attending Feather River College in the fall with the goal of becoming a CNA and eventually becoming an RN one day. She was awarded a $1,000 scholarship by local attorney, Bret Cook.