A Wapato High School migrant student set to graduate in June is receiving national recognition for her determination to succeed academically. Crystal Rivera-Acevedo has been chosen as the National Migrant PASS Student of the Year.
PASS stands for Portable Assisted Study Sequence. It is offered through the Department of Education’s Migrant Education Program. It is available in hundreds of school districts across the country to help credit deficient migrant students earn the needed credits to graduate.Crystal has had to overcome a number of challenges throughout her high school career one of the most significant was getting pregnant going into her senior year. Due to a series of events related to her pregnancy she dropped all of her classes earlier in the year due to medical leave. The District’s Migrant Graduation Specialist, Reyna Quiroz, reached out to her and got her set up in the PASS program. Crystal says without PASS she probably would have dropped out of school and not been able to graduate. Congratulations to her for her perseverance and on her national recognition.