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Rutherford High School offers support for seniors

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) – Bay District Schools is on a mission to help seniors succeed. They have provided all secondary schools with a graduation coach to help seniors who are at risk of not graduating.

Ashley Myatt is a graduation coach at Rutherford High School in Panama City. She meets struggling academics daily to discuss the obstacles that cause them to fall behind.

“From homelessness to lack of resources, access to technology, loss of a parent, lack of food at home, transportation to school,” Myatt said.

Then she comes up with a plan to get them back on track.

“I’ll do early wake-up calls to make sure they’re there on time. I report to their work. I meet with students individually every day to make sure they have a trusted adult on campus,” she said. “I try to develop a good relationship with the students, so they know they can come and see me anytime.”

Ja’leya Washington is a senior at Rutherford High School and has worked with Ms. Myatt for two years. She says the last year is difficult, but the support of her graduation coach is very encouraging and crucial at such an important time in her life.

“Having a graduation coach is like having an extra hand and having an extra hand is like someone taking the pressure off one of the shoulders and taking it and replacing it with a good one. and put it back on your shoulders,” Washington said.