Like many graduates of El Centro's Desert Oasis High School, Diana Fernandez wasn't succeeding in a traditional high school setting when she came to Desert Oasis.
At Southwest High School, Fernandez was behind in credits, failing some classes and suffering from a lack of motivation to attend school. She transferred to Desert Oasis as a sophomore.
Three years later, it's a different story.
As she received her high school diploma during Wednesday night's ceremony at Southwest High School's theater, she did so near the top of her class.
Fernandez, whose grade-point average is over 3.0, was even considered for high honors, said Desert Oasis Principal Mike Welisch.
Fernandez credits many at Desert Oasis for assisting her scholastic transformation.
The personal attention she received from instructors such as AVID coordinator Maria Mendez helped motivate Fernandez and kept her from falling through the cracks, Fernandez said.