Lone Grad: Texas girl only member of graduating class (w/ video)Nueces County, TX (CNN) - High school seniors across the country are gearing up for graduation, but the ceremony in one Texas district will be a quick one. There is only one graduation high school senior.
By: Katia Uriarte, CNN
Nueces County, TX (CNN) - High school seniors across the country are gearing up for graduation, but the ceremony in one Texas district will be a quick one. There is only one graduation high school senior.
The district really only goes up to the 11th grade, but with hard work, one girl was able to skip to the head of the class.
Charlie Gurleski – Lone Graduate:"There is, theoretically there's no graduating class here at London but I’m graduating."
Charlie gurleski is an an anomaly. She's a junior at London ISD, but she single handedly is also the entire senior class - a class of one.
Charlie Gurleski: "If I wanna go to A&M they actually won't accept me because they see me as last in my class."
Charlie is an outgoing, happy, go lucky, high school girl. She has a lot on her plate. She works and takes part in the junior livestock show.
Charlie Gurleski: "I have 7 belt buckes in all 5 grand championships."
She's on the B-honor roll, and has worked hard to graduate early.
Charlie Gurleski: "Except for one C in English here and there."
She does all the work of a junior, plus that of a senior by taking online classes, and she's fulfilling in honor of someone special.
Charlie Gurleski: "I was talking to my mom one day and we were like, you know, it would be so cool to graduate early in honor of Mr. McMath. When the high school started that was his dream. He always wanted London to have a high school. It's been a lot of work and a lot of stress. When I came home from school at night it was just, you know, you don't get to just be free you've gotta do your online classes, you've gotta get them done and do your other homework that you have and sometimes I was like 'I don't know if I can do this anymore."
Miranda Johnson - Junior, London ISD: "It's hard because our class is so much like a family, but I’m really happy for her. I'm happy for her to go off and do better things that she's happy doing."
And what about the future? What about graduating early from college?
Charlie Gurleski: "I don't know graduating high school might be enough early for me, but I'm only 16 right now so just kinda see where it goes."