Hearne ISD convocation begins with a graduation

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Melissa Freeman | Robertson County News
Photo By Melissa Freeman | Robertson County News Superintendent Joy Toney congratulates Mohammad for graduating from Hearne High School in a special ceremony during Tuesday’s HISD convocation.

Teachers new to Hearne ISD were probably surprised when their first day began like one of their last—with a graduation. Mohammad Mohammad Abdallah graduated from Hearne High School with tears and cheers from teachers and friends—quite a few of both—after coming to this country less than a year ago. Son of Abdallah Khairallah, owner of Te-Jos, Mohammad came to Hearne last year—his junior year—with good math and science skills but little English.

His first English papers were, according to teacher Janene Day, “unintelligible.”

But Mohammad, a young man of rare character and determination according to Day, dedicating himself to mastering the language and, by the end of summer school this year, he had met all of his graduation requirements, passed all his state-required tests (he actually passed all but the English test by the end of the Spring semester) and was ready to graduate. So he did graduate—with “teacher tunnel” and all.

Said Day, “I admire you, I’m so proud of you, and I love you.” All of Mohammad’s teachers seemed to feel the same way as he received big hugs and handshakes from teachers and friends lined up to form a tunnel in honor of his accomplishments—impressive by most any standard.

Melissa Freeman | Robertson County News

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