School damaged by ’10 flood holds first graduation

School damaged by '10 flood holds first graduation (Image 1)
School damaged by '10 flood holds first graduation (Image 1)

On Wednesday morning a high school destroyed by the historic flood of 2010 held its first graduation since re-opening in August.

Twenty-two students graduated from the Simon Youth Academy, which is a high school that allows students to pursue their diploma in a non-traditional setting.  

“The Simon Foundation gave me an opportunity that changed by life and for that I thank you so much from the bottom of my heart,” graduate and teen mother Kara Alley said.

The ceremony was led by the school's principal, Carmon Brown, president and CEO of the Simon Youth Foundation Dr. J. Michael Durnil and director of schools Dr. Jesse Register.

“It was an exciting morning for all of us and such a great start for their future,” Brown said.

Register added, “I really appreciate these graduations for kids who have hit a bump in the road somewhere but they are persistent and have stuck with it.”

Simon Youth Academy is located at Opry Mills.

For more information on the school, visit their Web site.

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