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Manatee homeschool program graduates 16 students

Manatee County's homeschool program graduated 16 students Saturday with a special ceremony.
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Manatee County's homeschool program graduated 16 students Saturday with a special ceremony.

Saturday’s graduation ceremony for the Support Homeschool Activities Reaching Everyone was a celebration filled with gratitude and faith as students were honored for their accomplishments and parents were thanked for their sacrifices.

Keynote speaker Roger Lee, director of the Sarasota House of Prayer, offered students spiritual guidance before they stepped into the next chapter in their lives.

“If you choose the righteous way, you will never lose,” Lee told them. “Even if it may be unpopular, if you choose what’s right and actually follow through with it and do it, there’s a God in heaven that will write it for all your days. He will be working faithfully for you.”

Class speaker Miranda Morrison took time after thanking God and her parents to address some of the stereotypes associated with homeschooling.

“People don’t realize just how many people are homeschooled and how beneficial it is,” Morrison said. “Some of the biggest, most successful people in life have been homeschooled.”

Jessica De Leon: 941-745-7049, @JDeLeon1012

Graduates: 16

Speakers: Roger Lee, director of Sarasota House of Prayer; class speaker Miranda Morrison

Shining moment: Family and friends enjoyed a slideshow depicting the graduates prior to their entrance while songs “Unforgettable” by Nat King Cole, “My Wish” by Rascal Flats and “I Hope You Can Dance” by Lee Ann Womack were played.

Interesting fact: After each graduate was presented a diploma, they exited offstage momentarily to present their parents with a rose and take a photo.

Best quote: “If you choose the righteous way, you will never lose,” Robert Lee.

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