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May 21, 2012

Goal Alternative School Graduates 22 Students

Knoxville —  

Knoxville’s Goal Alternative School held their commencement exercises on Friday, May 18. The success of 22 students who received their diplomas was celebrated by family, friends, teachers, former teachers, administrators, and board members. Goal has graduated 258 students in its 14 years of existence. 

After the graduates marched in Goal Principal Jill Van Woerkom gave a welcome. Goal instructor Bud Bright gave the commencement speech. Bright said that he had been waiting to give a commencement address since he started kindergarten in 1950.

Bright talked about this year’s theme for commencement “Choose Success”. He personalized the speech and made it humorous, touching, and challenging. He reminded the students that no matter the choices that they had made in the past, today, with diploma in hand, they would need to choose their path in life. He persuaded them to choose success.   

Three students received special recognition in the form of scholarships. Courtney Carter was awarded the Jeanne Cox Memorial Scholarship. In honor of his mother, and on behalf of his brothers, Terry Edwards presented the award to Carter.

Hailey De Joode received an anonymous “Friend of Education” scholarship.

Joey Frost received an “Inspiration Award” for his passion for reading. The award was presented by Jon Roslien, in honor of his wife Sheri Roslien, who had taught at Goal the first 13 years of its existence. Sheri is now a teacher at Pella. Frost received a Kindle Touch and an Amazon gift card.

A slide presentation was shared with everyone in attendance. Each graduate was featured in the slide show.

The 22 graduates marched out with diplomas in hand. The next decisions they make will be very pivotal in their lives. Will they choose college, jobs, armed forces, or what? Their future is now.

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