Senior Spotlight — Dusty Rodriguez, West High School
Senior Spotlight — Dusty Rodriguez
Dusty Rodriguez, a senior at West High School, credits counselor Jill Terhune with making sure he was on track to graduate.
“Both my parents died in 2020, around the same time as school went online,” he said. “I wasn’t in the right mindset to go to school. I didn’t care if I graduated. But now I do.”
Rodriguez said when school went online during his junior year, he wouldn’t get online and was failing.
“Ms. T would constantly check up on me to see how I was doing. She would always try to get me to come to school.”
He said with her support, along with his brother’s, he finally came around and realized he needed to graduate. He made up his missing junior year credits during his senior year through the school’s learning center.
“It was a lot of work, but it was worth it,” he said. “It feels good to say that I am going to graduate.”
His brother is in the military and will be stationed in Hawaii in the fall. He plans to live with his brother in Hawaii and go to a community college to become an auto mechanic.