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Students walk at summer ceremony

52 students get diplomas from summer school

Posted: July 14, 2015 - 11:06pm
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Fifty-two students from high schools in Columbia County participated in the system's summer school program and 45 were at the graduation ceremony at Grovetown High.   Photo by Jim Blaylock
Photo by Jim Blaylock
Fifty-two students from high schools in Columbia County participated in the system's summer school program and 45 were at the graduation ceremony at Grovetown High.

Walking off the gymnasium floor at Grovetown High School, Robert Crisler pumped his fist at his supporters in the crowd.

Crisler, from Evans High School, was one of 45 students who received a diploma at the 2015 Columbia County Summer School Commencement Ceremony on Friday night.

“It feels good to get out of here and start my life, I’m excited,” said Crisler.

Summer school principal Jeremy Medlin noted all 52 potential graduates in the county’s largest summer school class earned their degree. He was impressed by the way that those who came back to finish their requrements handled themselves.

“This has been a fantastic summer school,” said Medlin.

For some, missing the traditional commencement was hard.

“I did (miss it) but I’m still graduating and I still get to go to college,” said Grovetown’s Cole Morris.

In her keynote address, Regina Buccafusco, Columbia County Board of Education chairman, noted that in life it’s all about how you handle “Plan B.”

In handling his “Plan B,” Greenbrier’s Curtis Mariacher was ready to get his diploma and get to the next phase of his life.

“It will mean that all the hard work I’ve put in through 12 years of schooling has all paid off in the end and will only lead to greater things in the future,” said Mariacher, who will be shipping off to Parris Island, S.C. in August to become a Marine.

Lakeside’s Ricky Manuel said he messed up his junior year but pulled himself together to go to summer school.

“It’s easier because you don’t have the stress of worrying about six different classes, you only have to focus on that one class you have to pass and you can fly though it like it’s nothing,” Manuel said.

For Harlem’s Austin Abbott, Friday’s ceremony meant one thing.

“Success,” Abbott said.

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