Jan 25, 2013 11:20 AM by Evan Weborg - MTN News

Graduation Matters Montana celebration held in Helena

Recent numbers show Montana's graduation rate is on the rise, and Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau associates the increase with the Graduation Matters program.

Lawmakers, educators, and students gathered in the Capitol rotunda on Thursday to celebrate the success of the program.

Cory Buckley was on hand for the event, and he shared his story.

Buckley, now a senior at Paris Gibson Education Center in Great Falls, said he nearly dropped out during his sophomore year but then realized getting a diploma is something he couldn't do alone.

He said, "It wasn't that I couldn't do the work but to me school just seemed like a burden being forced upon me. I had worked since I was 15 and that seemed like a more productive source of my time than getting yelled at and harassed to do my homework all the time. Luckily I had two wonderful grandparents who came to my rescue and helped me get my life back on track."

Buckley is now on his way to graduating high school and he has already been accepted to college for next fall.

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