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 Barrett High School Graduation Inspires, Motivates

Six young men took a large step toward getting their life back on track this month when they received their diploma or GED from Barrett High School.

The Juvenile Court and Community Schools campus in rural East County is part of Camp Barrett, a residential camp for males between the ages of 16 and 18 who have committed serious crimes. The camp is run by the County of San Diego Probation Department.

The school held a graduation ceremony Feb. 14 for the six students, complete with robes, the traditional “Pomp and Circumstance” march, and inspirational speeches.

“Hats off to you guys,” said Rolando Restua, a probation officer. “You guys made it to the finish line.”

The moment was one that most of the students didn’t expect to come.

“It feels amazing,” said Grant, one of the graduates. “It’s something that I never thought I’d achieve.”

Corey, another graduate, said he’s excited to continue to college. He’s hoping to eventually get a master’s degree in electrical engineering.

“Words can’t even describe it,” he said. “I’m just really excited.”

One of their classmates who doesn’t yet have enough credits to graduate said the success of the graduates has pushed him to keep at it.

 “You guys inspired me and motivated me to get my diploma so I can be in your shoes,” he told them at the ceremony.