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HAGERSTOWN -- It was a night filled with emotions, as students spoke Thursday about obstacles they overcame and challenges they met head-on to earn a high school diploma, during graduation ceremonies for Washington County Evening High School.
The graduation address during the ceremony at Washington County Technical High School was given by Cassandra M. Burkhart, one of 12 evening high school students who received diplomas.
Burkhart talked about sickness in her family and how her mother died before Burkhart was able to accomplish some of her goals.
Burkhart said she also dealt with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, which includes symptoms such as difficulty staying focused, difficulty controlling behavior and hyperactivity.
She credited the staff at Washington County Evening High School with helping her through her studies.
"I know I can do whatever I set my mind to doing. It just takes hard work, time and patience," Burkhart said.