La Plata County Jail inmates earn their GED diplomas

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La Plata County Jail inmates earn their GED diplomas

‘I told my mom I wanted to make my time useful’
GED graduate Omar Perez waits to receive his diploma Tuesday during the high school equivalency program graduation at the La Plata County Jail. Perez of Rocky Ford took about two months to complete his GED. He had completed some classes elsewhere.
The rules were briefly suspended Tuesday at the La Plata County Jail and hugs were permitted. From left, Omar Perez, Rory Roesler and Alonzo Summa embraced their GED teacher, Gretchen Wilson, after a graduation ceremony. “This is awesome,” Perez said.
La Plata County Jail inmates, from left, Omar Perez, Rory Roesler and Alonzo Summa smile as their fellow inmates applaud them for receiving their GED diplomas Tuesday.
Teacher Gretchen Wilson shakes hands with Rory Roesler of Salt Lake City before presenting him with his GED certificate Tuesday at the La Plata County Jail.
GED graduate Alonzo Summa adjusts his graduation cap before a ceremony honoring him and two other graduates at the La Plata County Jail. Summa has inspired others at the jail to pursue their GED studies, and he is known for tutoring other inmates.

La Plata County Jail inmates earn their GED diplomas

GED graduate Omar Perez waits to receive his diploma Tuesday during the high school equivalency program graduation at the La Plata County Jail. Perez of Rocky Ford took about two months to complete his GED. He had completed some classes elsewhere.
The rules were briefly suspended Tuesday at the La Plata County Jail and hugs were permitted. From left, Omar Perez, Rory Roesler and Alonzo Summa embraced their GED teacher, Gretchen Wilson, after a graduation ceremony. “This is awesome,” Perez said.
La Plata County Jail inmates, from left, Omar Perez, Rory Roesler and Alonzo Summa smile as their fellow inmates applaud them for receiving their GED diplomas Tuesday.
Teacher Gretchen Wilson shakes hands with Rory Roesler of Salt Lake City before presenting him with his GED certificate Tuesday at the La Plata County Jail.
GED graduate Alonzo Summa adjusts his graduation cap before a ceremony honoring him and two other graduates at the La Plata County Jail. Summa has inspired others at the jail to pursue their GED studies, and he is known for tutoring other inmates.

La Plata County Jail inmates earn their GED diplomas

During a rare moment Tuesday at the La Plata County Jail, the rules were briefly suspended as Rory Roesler got to hug GED teacher Gretchen Wilson.
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