GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Wednesday students from the only all-girls public school in Guilford County walked across the stage at graduation.
"You know how you just don't want to get up? I said this is something I really want, I gotta keep going."
That's what Shaquinta Asahguii told herself over the last four years whenever she felt like giving up.
"I've came from no food, no water, no lights having to worry about how I am going to make it the next day," Shaquinta explained.
She knows what it's takes to persevere and says prayer was key to helping her get through tough times. She's gone to five different schools in Guilford County since she was little.
"I was like a little fish in a big pool, I didn't know anybody and it was just hard adapting," she said.
She felt like she could grow for the first time at the Early Middle College at Bennett. Smaller classes and personal attention helped Shaquinta flourish. But, she credits most of her success to her teacher and mentor Jacqueline Mingo.
"She transformed from a small budding rose into a beautiful blossoming rose," Mingo said.
Shaquinta is the first in family to graduate from high school. Now she hopes to inspire others, including her little sister.
"I know that they can do it, I know that if I did it, they can do it. As long as they have someone to encourage them like I had someone encouraging me, they can get through anything," she said.
Shaquinta plans to go to college next and then she want to join the Air Force.