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Jaimes gives her graduation speech where she thanks those who helped her get to the finish line. Photo submitted

GHS graduates one this year — Justina Jaimes

     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.

Greenville High School’s one graduate poses with superintendent Bill Roderick at her graduation on Friday night. Photo submitted
GHS teachers and staff and Justina Jaimes’ family celebrate her with a cake and good cheer. Photo submitted
Greenville High School graduated on senior this year — Justina Jaimes. Photo submitted
After Dixie Fire displacement, Justina Jaimes is back in Indian Valley and graduating from GHS. Photo submitted

7 thoughts on “GHS graduates one this year — Justina Jaimes

  • CONGRATULATIONS, Justina!! You did it!! So proud that you persevered to the end!! Indeed the #1 Graduate of 2023 – in the County!
    Mrs. (Pat) Howe

  • Congratulations. You are amazing young . What a great example of what one can achieve when life gets tough. Bless you. You ave made Indian Valley and Plumas County so very proud.

  • What spirit you have to keep on pursuing your goal to graduate and how sweet of Judy Dolphin to guide you through. I worked with Judy years ago in the ROP program and know how awesome she is.

  • this is cool thing

  • Congratulations to wonderful young woman.

  • I’m really proud of my best friend for always pushing her self to the limit you did it Justina and I always knew you could! I’m really gonna miss her next year.

  • Congratulations! This is what hope looks like.

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