The Craig site for online charter school GOAL Academy recently celebrated the graduation of 31 of its students in a June 7 commencement ceremony in Pueblo.
— The following is a list of area students who recently graduated high school through the GOAL Academy program:
There were 21 local graduates who were able to attend the event, as well as Craig staff, among them Nikki Robinson, an academic coach for the organization.
“It’s a really awesome thing to see the students that you watch all year have their ups and downs and finally get to where they want to be, succeeding and finishing high school,” she said. “It’s a great accomplishment for some of them, four of them were actually juniors graduating a year early.”
GOAL — Guided Online Academic Learning — has locations across Colorado that give students the option to pursue their diplomas through their program. Kids who have struggled with traditional classroom settings or require a different schedule for their education for a variety of reasons utilize GOAL Academy’s services.
Graduate Savannah Meyring, 18, said the flexibility of GOAL’s Internet-based courses has served her well the past two years due to her need to assist her mother and grandmother while both were suffering from health problems.
“If I had to go up to the high school every day, I wouldn’t have been able to make it happen,” she said.
Meyring, who spoke at the graduation ceremony on behalf of her Craig classmates, added that she felt GOAL staff members were able to give her the amount of attention she needed to get what she wanted out of school. She hopes to pursue an associate’s degree from Colorado Northwestern Community College starting this fall, eventually going on to a four-year program.
“It’s a great experience and a lot of great people,” she said. “It worked out wonderfully.”
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