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Ontario High migrant grads tip caps to parents

Anabel Ortiz-Chavolla speaks to graduates and their families during the Ontario High School Migrant Education Program commencement. (The Enterprise/Kristine de Leon)

ONTARIO – For the past two years Adriana Juarez spent her summers setting gopher traps and cleaning onions with her dad in Ontario.

This year, the 18-year-old said she’s simply going to enjoy her summer.  

Juarez was one of 59 students who graduated from the Ontario School District’s Migrant Education Program. 

On Friday, May 31, parents, students and administrators celebrated the students’ achievements, which included collecting nearly $500,000 in financial aid and scholarships. 

It’s a group that faces unique challenges, said Melissa Gonzalez, family coordinator for the state Department of Human Services.

“The goal is to keep the students in school,” said Gonzalez, who . . .