Hinkley Graduate Epitomizes Perseverance and Success


High school can be a challenge. Trying to balance school work, extracurricular activities, a social life and, for some, an evening job can be taxing. Add in parenting and you have a combination that would deter many. Yet, Hinkley High School senior Krisella Pineda Bu-Assaf (pictured right) hurdled all of the above on her quest to become a nurse.

With backing from the Aurora Public Schools Young Parent Support Program and Futures Academy, Bu-Assaf returned to high school after dropping out to care for her child, and will graduate on time. As she walks across the stage to accept her high school diploma, she will also receive three hard-earned Pickens Technical College program certificates. These credentials will open doors for Bu-Assaf, a goal of the APS 2020: Shaping the Future strategic plan.

While Bu-Assaf worked diligently at school, APS Early Beginnings: A Zoom Site provided her with free, quality child care. During the site’s recent end of year celebration, staff honored Bu-Assaf and 14 other Early Beginnings parents for graduating with the Class of 2016.

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While many graduates may utilize summer break to relax and revel in the bliss of adulthood, Bu-Assaf will spend the season in a rewarding medical assistant externship at Children’s Hospital Colorado. In June, she will join some of the most impressive students in the United States to compete at the Health Occupation Student Association National Conference in Nashville.

Aurora Public Schools commends Bu-Assaf and her peers for not only staying the course, but for going the extra mile. We wish the best of luck to nearly 70 young parent graduates across the district as they continue to shape a successful future.