Fourteen students with the Logansport Juvenile Correctional Facility were recognized at a graduation ceremony Friday for completing a form of high school equivalency, an accomplishment several of them and their family members said looked unlikely not long ago.
The young men were recognized for passing their General Educational Development or Test Assessing Secondary Completion tests and one was recognized for earning a high school diploma.
Bryant, who was recognized for passing the TASC test, said getting himself to the graduation ceremony Friday was all about trying his hardest in school and “being able to not buckle under pressure.”
“I was just hoping I didn’t trip,” he said of receiving his certificate onstage in front of the ceremony’s attendees, causing his parents to laugh.
His father, Rick, and his mother, Brenda, both said they were very proud.
“We didn’t think this day was coming,” Brenda said. The family has already started preparing applications for college in the fall.
Bryant said he plans to go on to become a mechanic.
Richard Richardson, supervisor of education, said the facility hosts five to six recognition ceremonies a year each with 12 to 25 boys.
In his keynote address, State Sen. Randy Head, R-Logansport, commended the students for choosing for themselves to pursue their academic accomplishments and told them their futures would be made up of similar choices.
“You’re on the verge of having the most freedom you’ve ever had in your lives,” Head said. “...The questions is: what are you going to do with it?”
When Colten leaves the juvenile correctional facility, he said he plans to find full- and part-time work and is thinking about studying welding at night school. He was recognized Friday for passing the GED exam.
“I need to prepare to be an adult is really the only thing I’m thinking about,” Colten said. “I need to become a normal, functioning member of society.”