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South High hosts summer commencement

Most of the 20 summer school graduates were finishing high school a few months later than they had originally planned. Some wer

Most of the 20 summer school graduates were finishing high school a few months later than they had originally planned. Some wer

August 02, 2002|by DAN KULIN /Staff Writer

dank@herald-mail.com

A group of Washington County Public Schools students who were just one class away from getting out of high school in June graduated Thursday during the Summer School 2002 commencement ceremony at South Hagerstown High School.

Michelle Boward was especially happy for her daughter, who not only is the first of her children to graduate, but she graduated early.

"She's a young mother and she still did it," Boward said of her daughter Heather Miller.

"I'm just happy to graduate after all I've been through," Miller said.

When she entered high school, Miller, 16, was on pace to graduate from South High in 2003. But thanks to home instruction and classes at the Evening High School, Miller, whose son is 5 months old, graduated almost a year early.

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She wanted to be done with high school so she could move on to college ahead of her classmates. Miller plans to begin studying nursing at Hagerstown Community College in January.

La'Nisha Wright was another early graduate whose plans were changed by motherhood.

Wright would have graduated from North Hagerstown High School next May, but she wanted to finish high school early so she can keep pace with her peers as she moves on to college.

Wright, 17, is expecting a baby girl in September and plans to start taking classes at HCC in January. She hopes to be a doctor.

Most of the 20 summer school graduates were finishing high school a few months later than originally planned.

Andrew Chaney, 18, had planned to graduate in May, but ended up one English class short.

Chaney said he doesn't need a high school diploma to become an electrician, but "all my friends graduated and I wanted to, too."

Terry Carpenter, 18, said he needed a diploma to join the U.S. Air Force, "so I had to do it."

"I'm definitely psyched about getting out of high school now," said Carpenter, who would like to become a pilot.

School Board member J. Herbert Hardin spoke during the Thursday commencement ceremony, in which 18 of the summer school graduates participated.

Hardin told the students to remember to thank their families, who have helped them and been with them since they were babies.

He also told the graduates to continue learning, and encouraged them to further their education.

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