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Barton County Academy holds graduation ceremony

Barton County Academy students are shown just after turning their tassels, Thursday at the 2017 Graduation Ceremony. Pictured are, from left: Guadalupe Allende, Rafaela Batres, Brittney D. Collins and Jacob R. Diehl.

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Barton County Academy Director Becky Gillette compared her 13 new graduates to Christopher Columbus when she spoke at their commencement ceremony Tuesday evening. Columbus thought he could reach China by sailing west, but ended up in a New World.
“He never made it to China,” Gillette said. “When you think you know where you are and you think you know where you’re going, nine times out of 10 you'll bump into North America.”
The students at Barton County Academy haven’t followed the traditional path to a high school diploma. Most are in their 20s, some are older ...

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