'The journey doesn't end here'

By NICOLE SMITH, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 5/15/16

The Twilight Knight School graduation was held at the Walker County Schools Board of Education meeting Thursday night, as students from four county schools received their high school diplomas.

HOPE Academy and Twilight Knight School was …

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'The journey doesn't end here'

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The Twilight Knight School graduation was held at the Walker County Schools Board of Education meeting Thursday night, as students from four county schools received their high school diplomas.

HOPE Academy and Twilight Knight School was established as a way for students to remain on track for graduation when attending their home schools on a regular basis may not be possible due to various circumstances.

This is the second year for students to graduate from Twilight Knight School, and Walker County Schools Assessment and Accountability Coordinator Mary Slaughter thanked the board of education and Superintendent Dr. Jason Adkins for continuing the program and seeing its potential.

“You took a chance and saw our vision, and it’s so successful,” Slaughter said. “We’re very grateful to you for continuing to allow this program to be in place.”

Before awarding diplomas, Adkins commended the students for their determination to finish high school, despite the obstacles they may have faced.

“This program allows young people to have a chance, who otherwise may not have one,” Adkins said as he began his address to students. He later added, “These people made a decision to stay in school, and in years past, there was not an opportunity for them to do that. If something happened that they couldn’t make it at their local school ... the only option was to get out and that meant to quit.”

Adkins went on to speak about the graduation rate increase in county schools since the program’s inception, and noted that two schools in the county have a 95 percent graduation rate.

The Twilight Knight School 2016 graduates are Tammy Castillo of Carbon Hill High School; Matthew Davis, Jessica Guthrie Davis, Cindel Downs, Cobie Farr, Alyssa Mobley and Kaytlin Wright of Cordova High School; Marcus Armstrong, McKenzie Clark, Kaitlyn Jenkins, Kaitlyn Lott, Brett Nava, Rachel Patierno and Miranda Perkins of Curry High School; and Faith Click and Kristen Little of Dora High School.

Scott Moore and Jostens provided caps, gowns and tassels for graduates, while Leaf & Petal of Jasper supplied flowers for the ceremony.

Other groups and individuals received special recognition during the graduation ceremony for providing services to Twilight students, including First Church of the Nazarene, Grace Chapel Nazarene Church, Desperation Church, Curry High School Anchor Club, Jenny Odom, Wendy Smith, Pilot Club of Jasper, Pregnancy Test and Resource Center and Wells Fargo Bank.

Teachers of the Twilight program were also recognized Thursday night.

“Even though some people may not think a high school diploma is important, it is very important, because it opens the door to every opportunity from that point on,” Slaughter said toward the end of the ceremony.

Adkins said, “From the bottom of our hearts, we just want to say how proud we are of you. ... The journey doesn’t end here, it’s just the start.”