(Article courtesy of Kennewick School District Facebook Page)
When Joseph Rodriguez walks across the stage at graduation, he has a pretty good idea how he’ll feel. Proud. So very proud. And he should. It’s been a long journey for the Legacy High School senior. Joseph spent most of his teen years in and out of the foster care system, and in recent months he’s been living in a transitional housing facility for young adults (ANSIL Hall). All the while, he’s been plugging away toward his goal of earning his high school diploma and then going on to college. He plans to attend Walla Walla Community College in the fall and study welding. Michelle Holmes, a counselor at Legacy, said Joseph has been a bright light. He’s a kind, helpful, steady presence – and he never seems daunted by the personal challenges he’s had to overcome. Joseph said it’s his nature to be positive and optimistic.
“I’m excited for graduation and I’m excited to start college in the fall and work in a career. I want to have my own house one day, and have my own room and everything. I just want to be successful, to not to have to worry about anything – about where my next meal is coming from, where I’m going to sleep,” he said. “My message to others is, ‘Don’t give up.’ And if you get an opportunity, run with it.” #Classof2019 #iamksd
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