Last year one student graduated from the Gulf County Adult School.

Last year one student graduated from the Gulf County Adult School.

This year that number climbed to 18.

With the School Board meeting room filled to the brim with family and friends, those 18, including two sisters, received their high school diplomas last week.

“This is my favorite time of year,” said Superintendent of Schools Jim Norton, noting the graduation season that began with the traditional high school ceremonies in late May.

“You all now have a diploma that will open the door to many things in life.”

Also honored was Brenda Wood, who moved from Port St. Joe Elementary to the Adult School this past school year.

Judging by the students, every one uniformly, making sure to wrap Wood in a hug before accepting that diploma, Wood’s impact was telling.

“One thing all these students had in common; determination,” Wood said. “(They) made the decision to try.”

Graduating last week were: Eden Nicole Barnes, Hanna Noel Barnes, Nicholas Bradley, Alexis Lavina Brinkmeier, Joni Louise Carr, Lora Elizabeth Fowler, Maryanna Rose Graziano, Michael Lee Griffin;

Shancerrea Ajrain Harris, Jamarion Monteia Larry, William Troy Lawson, Taylor Renee Lott, Micah Paige Morgan, James Richard Nicholes, Stephenie Michelle Pickron, Paul Thomas Snider, Jr., Alyssa Diann Strickland and James Duncan Young.