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GOAL Academy graduation includes 31 Craig students

Graduates of the GOAL Academy program gather following the ceremony June 7 in Pueblo. 31 total students from Northwest Colorado graduated, though not all were able to attend. Top row, from left: Kyle Hammer, Taylor Munden, Jordan Braley, Colter Tegtman, Samantha Wagoner, Kyri Scroggs, Brittany Corey, Christianna Laniel, Cassandra Hanson, Randall Durkop, Joshua Cooper, Jordan Harmon. Bottom row, from left: Croix Orona , Anna Gates, Savannah Meyring, Emilee Dorhman, Richard Harmon, Dustin Haggerty. Not Pictured: Kortney Bailey, Josie Bocco, Brandt Brandolino, Corrine Emerson, Andrew Jennings, Nikolette Niquette, Austin Stauffer, Dawn Tippy, Dyland Trevenen, Sherry Welch, Theadora Bowlds, Kyla Hedman, Brook Mower.

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.

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.

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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."

Contact Andy Bockelman at 970-875-1793 or abockelman@CraigDailyPress.com or follow him on Twitter @CDP_Education.

— The following is a list of area students who recently graduated high school through the GOAL Academy program:

Kortney Bailey

Josie Bocco

Theadora Bowlds

Jordan Braley

Brandt Brandolino

Joshua Cooper

Brittany Corey

Emilee Dorhman

Randall Durkop

Corrine Emerson

Anna Gates

Dustin Haggerty

Kyle Hammer

Cassandra Hanson

Jordan Harmon

Richard Harmon

Kyla Hedman

Andrew Jennings

Christianna Laniel

Savannah Meyring

Brook Mower

Taylor Munden

Nikolette Niquette

Croix Orona

Kyri Scroggs

Austin Stauffer

Colter Tegtman

Dawn Tippy

Dyland Trevenen

Samantha Wagoner

Sherry Welch