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Stephany Schler — the director of the Mid-MO Adult Learning Center for one more week, before Bradley Dorris will become the new director starting July 1 — said the learning center's class of 2019 had 66 graduates who earned their high school equivalency degrees, from programs for Jefferson City, Eldon, Fulton, Versailles and the Cremer Therapeutic Community Center.

The graduating class' planned ceremony was canceled because of the May 22 tornado that hit Jefferson City and Eldon, but Schler said graduates would have the opportunity to walk on stage at next year's ceremony, and diplomas were to be mailed to graduates who did not already pick them up.

The 2018-19 graduates who received high school equivalency degrees, as printed in the program for the canceled ceremony, which does not include Cremer program members, include:

Jefferson City daytime program: Vicky Armstrong, Natalia Bulygina, Gina Elms, Jennifer Harper, Erica Knepp, James Leavell, Cory Lee, Connie Less, Andrea Miller, Emily Nazelrod, Gregory L. Patrick, Michelle Reavey, Stefani Lynn Sewell, Leah Tascon, Lekeesha Tolen, Carissa R. Uptegrove, India Watson, Andrew Zaring and Richard Zaring.

Jefferson City evening program: Autumn Burr, Nichole C. Johnson, Anne Martin, Amanda Mueller, Destiny Mueller, Tina Oaster, Gabriel Rich and Tony Sheehan.

Eldon program: Rebekka Baker, Daniel L. A. Gardner, Seth James and Jessica Wallace.

Fulton program: Bradley Carter, Starr Cox, Savannah Evans, Melissa Goodin, Lacy McDonald, Shelby Prange, Pentelope Schroer and Felicia Smith.

Versailles program: Jessarae Allen, Mathew Durbin, Matelson Gabbert, Trevor Kilmer, Cheyenne Metcalf, Donovan Von Brendel, Kendra Zeiset and Esther Zimmerman.

Thirteen people are inductees into the National Adult Education Honor Society: Jessarae Allen, Veronica Carew, Tran Dinh, Veronica Maria Garate, Daniel L.A. Gardner, Elizabeth Gilbreth, Junnie Hagar, Erica Knepp, Connie Less, Anne Martin, Reda Pladiene, Felicia Smith and Raquel Yerovi. The list of inductees includes high school equivalency graduates and non-high school equivalency graduates, Schler said. The learning center also offers English as a Second Language classes.

Martha Leyva was also to be recognized for attaining U.S. citizenship.

Orientations for Jefferson City and Fulton will be in July, and classes will start in August, Schler said.

Orientations and classes for Eldon and Versailles will be in August, as well as the orientation and start of classes for English as a Second Language.

Registration is required, and students should call 573-659-3122 to register for an orientation session.

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