HAGERSTOWN -- Faced with a difficult upbringing in Montgomery County, Md., Lloydette V. Thompson-Taylor's solution was to get away.
At a young age, she was in foster care for many years before returning to her home.
When she decided that life at home was too rocky, she went to San Mar Children's Home and enrolled at Boonsboro High School.
On Thursday, she told her story while taking one more step forward in life: graduation.
Thompson-Taylor was among 13 Washington County Evening High School students whose achievements were saluted Thursday during commencement at Washington County Technical High School. Three others eligible for graduation didn't attend.
Some Evening High School students will graduate this year from their home high schools, Administrator Sherry Hamilton said after the ceremony.