June 18, 2024
Saydel High School graduate Anahi Ramos Beltran poses for a photo at the school on Thursday, May 19, 2022.

A Saydel High School student’s journey after moving to Iowa has proven inspirational to her alma mater as she prepares for the next big stage of her life.

Anahi Ramos Beltran of Des Moines graduated Sunday after coming to Iowa at age 12 and knowing very little English. She was born in northern Mexico, and her dad decided to bring the family to Iowa after he worked in the state for a long time.

Ramos Beltran had a lot to learn, including the English language, starting with words in the first year and sentences in the second year, all tied together by practice with teachers, books, audio and other classmates. The move was difficult at first, as Ramos Beltran did not know anyone in Iowa, but she said the experience helped her grow as a person.

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She quickly got involved in school activities and participated in tennis, National Honor Society, soccer, cheerleading and art club. Now, Ramos Beltran is set to attend the University of Northern Iowa with a scholarship for graphic design.