Graduate Kaylee Brooke Segree, second from right, stands with, from left: grandmother Rita Seger, mom Brenda Segree, and great-grandmother Ann Harris. [ David Adlerstein | The Times ]
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ED Corps graduates its Class of 2023

It’s a small, tightly-knit graduating class, getting their educations at the Island Drive headquarters of the Franklin’s Promise Coalition in Eastpoint.
On Friday night, at a ceremony at the amphitheater of the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve, they were presented their sheepskins.

Graduate Emily Lenora Mosley, right, stands with her dad, William Mosley. [ David Adlerstein | The Times ]

While not formally under the auspices of the Franklin County School District, the school works in conjunction with the district to attend to the educational needs of those students who for a variety of reasons, find they are nurtured better with a close-knit educational environment, one that can often lead to a few more years of paid work, with everything from natural resources, emergency preparation and community services, with the Conservation Corps of the Forgotten and Emerald Coasts.

Graduate Kayleigh Paige Messer stands with her parents, Keisha Messer, left, and Justin Messer. [ David Adlerstein | The Times ]

Valedictorian Clay Cogburn offered the Invocation, and graduate Annabelle Howell led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Graduate Annabelle Rose Howell leads in the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance. [ David Adlerstein | The Times ]

After the national anthem was played, Elinor Mount-Simmons, the administrator of Ed Corps High School, gave the welcome.
Graduate Emily Mosley offered reflections on the past year, followed by a tribute to parents in which graduates went into the audience to present bouquets of flowers to their parents.

Graduate Jada Le’che Allen offers a poetic tribute to the Class of 2023. [ David Adlerstein | The Times ]

Jada Allen offred a poetic tribute to the Class of 2023, followed by Ethan Frazier, a crew leader with the Conservation Corps, introducing the commencement speaker, Hayden Mock, a former crew leader of the Conservation Corps who now works at Florida State’s oyster spat research hatchery at the coastal and Marine lab in St. Teresa.

Hayden Mock, a former crew leader with the Conservation Corps of the Forgotten and Emerald Coasts, was the commencement speaker. [ David Adlerstein | The Times ]

The Ed Corps’ academic coaches, Sarah Harris and Chris Olsted, then coordinated the presentation of diplomas, which were handled by Mount-Simmons, Joe Taylor, the executive director of the Franklin’s Coalition, and Tamara Allen, the chairwoman of the board of Franklin’s Promise.

ED Corps Academic Coaches Sarah Harris, left, and Bonnie Kellogg proclaim the status of the graduates. [ David Adlerstein | The Times ]

Mount-Simmons then offered words of encouragement, as did Taylor, and the six grads turned their tassels and went off to greet their parents and the world ahead.
A reception followed in the outdoor classroom at the estuary.

Ethan Frazier, a crew leader with the Conservation Corps of the Forgotten and Emerald Coasts, introduces the commencement speaker. [ David Adlerstein | The Times ]

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David Adlerstein, The Apalachicola Times’ digital editor, started with the news outlet in January 2002 as a reporter.

Prior to then, David Adlerstein began as a newspaperman with a small Boston weekly, after graduating magna cum laude from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. He later edited the weekly Bellville Times, and as business reporter for the daily Marion Star, both not far from his hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

In 1995, he moved to South Florida, and worked as a business reporter and editor of Medical Business newspaper. In Jan. 2002, he began with the Apalachicola Times, first as reporter and later as editor, and in Oct. 2020, also began editing the Port St. Joe Star.

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  1. David, Thank you for the nice article. It is so good to see these awesome young people and our committed staff recognized! We are grateful!

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