9NEWS: Voices of Change: Closing the high school graduation rate gap

Daisy Chavez (Credit: Chavez family)

Story excerpt:

"Daisy Chavez has been dreaming about graduation since the moment she started high school

'When I was a freshman, I was so excited to be a senior,' the 17-year-old remembered. 'And the years really do fly, because now I’m a senior and it’s hard to believe.'

Chavez attends Hinkley High School in Aurora, where she is an honors student. Besides juggling a part-time job and playing multiple sports, she is also dually enrolled in college classes through a partnership program between Hinkley and the Community College of Aurora, earning credits for an early Associates' Degree.

And Chavez has a career path already outlined.

'I want to be an orthodontist, I want to go into the dental field,' Daisy explained."