Coshocton Opportunity School graduates 27 students

| May 27, 2016

COSHOCTON – The Coshocton High School auditorium hosted the 2016 Coshocton Opportunity School graduation on Thursday, May 26 at 6 p.m. Twenty-seven county students accomplished their goal and received their high school diploma.

“These kids have decided they want a diploma,” said Roger Moore, principal of the opportunity school. “We believe that all kids can learn and these kids are proof of that. Once they started believing in themselves, they knew they could do it. Some of them have been through struggles, but they are sitting here getting their high school diploma.”

Moore introduced teachers of the school and members of the board of directors.

“I appreciate all of their support,” said Moore. “All they care about are kids graduating.”

The opportunity school started in 2006 and had 25 students in its first class with 22 graduating. Over the years, more than 300 students have graduated. The school has also received an “Exceed Standard” rating by the state and met the standard of high performance and is eligible for federal grants.

Rick Merrill, who has been a member of the board of directors since the beginning, is stepping down this year.

“It’s been a good run with this school,” he said. “It’s been an honor to be a part of it. This school really is an opportunity for these young people to get an education.”

At the end of the ceremony, Moore encouraged the students to put their diplomas to good use and also thanked family and friends.

“We provide the education, but you provide the support,” he said.

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I have been employed at the Coshocton County Beacon since September 2009 as a news reporter and assistant graphic artist. I am a 2004 graduate of Newcomerstown High School and a 2008 graduate of Capital University with a bachelor’s degree in Professional Writing. I am married to John Scott and live in Newcomerstown. We have two beautiful daughters, Amelia Grace Scott and Leanna Rose Scott.

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