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Hattiesburg High School students attend summer graduation

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After a long journey of taking the required state test more than once, two Hattiesburg High School students celebrated their mark on graduation by walking across the stage on Friday to receive their diplomas.

It was a packed house in the dome at Hattiesburg High School for two young women who put forth extra time and effort to reach this milestone. Superintendent of Hattiesburg Public Schools James Bacchus said he is especially proud of these two young women for not giving up during such a crucial time in their lives. Brittany Chapman and Keiyah Mckeller offer words of advice for students entering their senior year in high school.

"I learned a lot in high school, but I stayed away from bad people and kept my mind on track," Chapman said.

Keyiah Mckeller says staying focused and studying is key.

"Don't mess up, because those tests will be hard, but the English test requires reading everything and underlining everything," she said.

Both graduates say that although the state test was not an easy feat, they feel proud to have graduated. Chapman will be attending Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College to study mortuary science, and McKeller will be attending Pearl River Community College to study criminal justice.