MOUNT VERNON — A small group of students graduated from the Knox Learning Center ESC/Special Education program at the Knox County Career Center on Friday morning and the theme was having the right attitude.
Five of the seven graduating students received their diplomas and certificates in front of a large group of friends and family after completing their respective educational programs. It was also announced that several of the graduates were either going to continue their education or start working jobs immediately after graduating.
Tyler Morris, Hunter Coscia, Donavin McClain and Joshua Miller, all connected to the Mount Vernon schools, and Alexis Darr from East Knox were all introduced as graduates and Grant Yoder (East Holmes) and John Barnes (Centerburg) were also part of the class but not present. Darr and McClain are graduating seniors, Barnes and Coscia are Transitioning students and Miller, Morris and Yoder are Transitioning U students.
Several speakers talked about attitude, including the Keynote Speaker Andrew Taylor, SSA, from the Knox County Board of DD.
In his speech, Taylor talked about having a good attitude in life and said “attitude is everything, so pick a good one.” He also told a story about how his favorite baseball player, Jim Abbott, overcame obstacles by incessant practice and having a good outlook. Abbott was a professional baseball player who pitched in the major leagues for 10 years, despite having only one hand.