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Summer school graduates prepared for future

Posted: July 16, 2017 - 12:36am
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Loriane Blocker takes a photo of her nephew Grovetown graduate Darion Garnett (center) and his father, Lawson (left), mother, Yameica (right) and brothers Devin and Ahmad.
Loriane Blocker takes a photo of her nephew Grovetown graduate Darion Garnett (center) and his father, Lawson (left), mother, Yameica (right) and brothers Devin and Ahmad.

Columbia County School Superintendent Dr. Sandra Carraway beamed with pride as she spoke to 56 students from Evans, Greenbrier, Grovetown, Harlem and Lakeside high schools on Wednesday night at Evans High School.

Teachers, family and friends of the students gathered there to celebrate the end of high school for those students who spent two extra months in school to make sure they completed their high school education.

"We are so proud of you. You made it," Carraway told the graduates. "You didn't quit. You didn't give up. You finished the job."

Carraway said that the graduates' determination and perseverance to complete their degree will help with everything they choose to do in the future.

Students weren't the only ones getting encouragement from the school board. Columbia County Board of Education Chairman David Dekle gave the ­parents a pat on the back as well.

"Your student may not admit it, but your help in bringing him or her to this landmark occasion was essential," Dekle said. "They could not have done it without you."

Dekle issued a challenge to the graduates, letting them know that their journey was not over yet.

"Your diploma is your ticket to a successful life," he said.

He went on to say that many of them will attend college or technical college or enter the workforce. Whatever their decision, he said, it is worthy of their best efforts. Some students will take some time for themselves before pursuing those dreams.

Grovetown High School graduate Clarissa Stewart's mother, Sally, said her daughter will take a break before enrolling in school and working in January 2018.

Sally breathed a sigh of relief after watching her daughter move her tassel from the right side of her cap to the left, signifying her graduation. "Another milestone conquered and more to go," she said.

 

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