Twenty-two-year-old woman graduates from high school

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX -- Adali Ortiz had a dream to earn her high school diploma. Wednesday night, that dream came true.

Ortiz, who dropped out of school to raise her now three-year-old daughter, Addamary, wanted to earn her high school diploma but couldn't find a school that would allow her to enroll due to her age. 

After searching, she found a school that welcomed her.

"They were very nice people, very kind people." Ortiz said of the teachers and staff at Arizona Collegiate High School.

Wednesday night at the Phoenix College auditorium, Ortiz joined classmates as they walked across the stage to receive their high school diplomas.

"She was a good risk for us to take."  says ACHS Principal Michael Dunbar, referring to Ortiz. 

He says in spite of the fact that the state won't fund students once they reach the age of 22, they never hesitated to accept Ortiz because of her character and dedication to graduating.

"It was like peanut butter and jelly.  We were a good fit," Dunbar said of Ortiz.

Ortiz,  who is married and works full time while helping to care for her father, now wants to continue her education with hopes of working as an interpreter and medical assistant at a children's hospital.

If you'd like any information on Arizona Collegiate High School, check out their website at or call them at 623-498-8200. 

They accept up to 250 students each year and are holding a series of open houses this summer.