Originally aired on KSNV-TV– May 31, 2018
An 18-year-old survivor of the Route 91 Harvest Festival mass shooting overcame an obstacle Thursday, that for a short time there didn’t seem possible. She graduated high school.
Jacquelyn Trujillo accepted her diploma from the Nevada Virtual Academy, an online K-12 school.
Changing instruction to online allowed Trujillo to continue with school, while also focusing on healing from the events she went through on One October.
“I don’t know if I would have been able to handle continuing on that and made make it to this point, had I stayed in a regular school,” she said. “I know that there are a lot of survivors that are feeling the same way and that have struggled the same way that I have, I just want to say that you can do it! You don’t have to force yourself to be in any situations that make you uncomfortable either.”
Jacquelyn, who had just completed training with the United States Army National Guard, is credited with springing into action; saving the lives of her two sisters and at least one other concert-goer that night.
“I am beyond proud. I’ve always been proud of her but I’m even more proud now,” said her mother, Sumer Henning through tears.
Henning says after the shooting, getting back to normal life was hard and something needed to change.
“Kids were actually putting gunshot noises up to the back of their head and popping bags to similar gunshots,” she explained. “Jackie would hear something a loud noise and would want to leave class to save her sisters. We didn’t know from one day to the next if they were going to wake up and be ok going to school or not.”
Together this family found a solution in online classes at NVVA.
Today, Jacquelyn stands tall, not only a hero but also a high school graduate, thankful of those who have helped her along the way.
“They’re honestly just a saving grace, a bunch of angels that just showed up and helped me through this healing process.”
Next, Jacquelyn heads straight to job training to continuing her career with the US military. She will also soon begin college at UNLV.
To learn more about Nevada Virtual Academy, visit https://nvva.k12.com/.