Thirty-one seniors were recognized as graduates of the Hope Academy and Twilight Knight School on Thursday. A gradation ceremony was held for the graduates at the Walker County Board of …
Thirty-one seniors were recognized as graduates of the Hope Academy and Twilight Knight School on Thursday.
A gradation ceremony was held for the graduates at the Walker County Board of Education's regular meeting.
Hope and Twilight was started by the Walker County Board of Education to give students a second chance to complete high school. For many of the graduates, they encountered circumstances that prevented them for attending school during normal hours. Through Hope and Twilight, they are able to take classes during the day (Hope) and late evening (Twilight) at the old Walker High School in Jasper.
"Several years ago now, supervisor chair of the Walker County Board of Education and the board had the foresight to establish a true alternative model for school," Walker County Schools Superintendent Dr. Joel Hagood said at the graduation ceremony Thursday.
"The Hope day school was designed for those students who, for a multitude of reasons, the traditional model of school was difficult for them," he said. "The Twilight night school was designed for students to attend school at night outside of the normal hours of operation because of some kind of hardship. They may have to go to a job to help their families make ends meet — whatever the reason."
Hagood continued, "These two programs have allowed many students in Walker County over the years to receive a high school diploma that they otherwise may not have had."
Hope and Twilight is open to students in the Jasper City Schools system as well.
Hagood and Rhonda Davidson, assistant principal of the 180 program where Hope and Twilight is housed, conferred diplomas.
This year's graduates are Devin Clingan, Amie Lou Hendrix, Michael Orr and Kristen Posey of Carbon Hill High School; Evan Aaron, Ziley Boteler, Dustin Campbell, Wyatt Flatt, Nathaniel Gilliland, Breanna Harrison, Alison James, Starla Key, Cody Masterson, Brodie Newborn, Taylor Posten, Gabriel Parmer and Nathan Ray of Cordova High School; Cody Armstrong, Sydney Bell, Sydney Booth, Lance Cabaniss, Samuel Cranford, Destiny Estill, Dakota Livingston, Lauran Long and Megan Miller of Curry High School; Radley O'Rear, Abby Pendley and Derick Seales of Oakman High School; and Jeffrey Windham and Ezaa Bell of Jasper High School.
Scott Moore and Jostens provided the seniors with their caps, gowns and tassels.
The graduates will have an opportunity to participate in the graduation ceremonies at their respective high schools.
A full video of the Hope and Twilight graduation can be found on the Daily Mountain Eagle Facebook page.
In future additions of the Eagle, many other students that received recognition will be highlighted.