Las Cruces high school graduates celebrate overcoming odds

LAS CRUCES – Over 1,100 students are expected to graduate from Las Cruces Public Schools at the end of May.

For every one of those graduates-to-be, there were challenges and successes on their way to crossing that stage. For this cohort, who had to manage two years amid the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s been particularly strenuous.

Two LCPS graduating students — Hailey Himelright and Angelita Clark — share a little about their winding paths and guiding lights that got them to graduation day.

Finding her own pace

Angelita Clark, 17, started her high school career at Arrowhead Park Medical Academy in the fall of 2019. After experiencing stress due to the high demands at the school, she transferred to Mayfield High after one semester.

Mayfield student Angelita Clark poses for a photo on Thursday, May 12, 2022. Clark is graduating a year early, at 17-years-old.

In talking with her new counselor at Mayfield, she learned that she was already on track to graduate early.

“The moment I switched to Mayfield, I kind of had in my mind that I wanted to (graduate early) and I kind of talked to my counselors about it,” Angelita said. “They thought it would be a really good thing for me.”

She decided to take extra courses online to help keep her on a path to graduate in 2022.

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