Jailed high school graduates encouraged to 'do what's right'

Published: Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 07:59 PM.

"I like to cook," he said. "It runs in the family."

Keith wants to join the military, and Damanta — who worked hard to earn his diploma as a birthday present — plans to play college basketball while he studies graphic design.

Goldie was just excited to display her GED certificate.

"It was hard," she said. "This was my second time taking the test. But Mr. (Andy) Simmons is an awesome teacher. If it wasn't for him, I wouldn't have done it. He had faith in me, because I sure didn't."

Encouraging words

Nick Kootsouradis, Okaloosa Schools assistant superintendent of operations, and Billy Mikel, director of Department of Juvenile Justice Education, offered encouraging words during a May 24 ceremony.

"You've taken the first step in a successful life by getting your diploma," Kootsouradis said. "The rest of your life is in your hands. Do what's right; not what's easy."

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