Willard senior overcomes self-doubt on path to graduation


Willard Alternative High School graduate Jacqueline Punte, 18, reflects on her academic and personal experience at the Willard campus.

Jacqueline Punte said Willard High School English teacher Matt Quinlan motivated and supported her throughout her high school education.

Jacqueline Punte stands outside the Willard campus holding a Mexican flag on the eve of her in-person graduation. 

Skylar Rispens

High school graduation is always a time to celebrate, but for Jacqueline Punte it takes on a bigger meaning. It marks the end of a finish line she wasn’t sure she’d ever cross.

After starting her secondary education in Missoula

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