Hoover High student Anahit Muradian on Thursday became the first person from her family to graduate from an American high school.
But the road to graduation wasn’t easy.
Her family moved from Armenia to the United States when she was 6. Starting at an early age, Muradian, 18, said she made it her mission in life to give back to her community.
“This country has given so much to me,” she said. “None of us would be here without our parents.”
Muradian, who graduated as valedictorian, will attend USC, where she will major in economics and eventually enroll in law school.
“I am going to be a lawyer and then a judge,” she said.
Muradian was one of 400 seniors who graduated Thursday night in front of hundreds of cheering friends and family members.
Some graduates will be attending Harvard, Arizona State University and the Fashion Institute of Technology, Hoover Principal Jennifer Earl said. Other students received Fulbright Scholarships.