Published: Jun 19, 2010 4:54 AM EDT
Updated: Jun 18, 2010 10:28 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. - There was a graduation like no other in Fort Myers Friday night.

One student will head straight to the Army where he is guaranteed work and another student from Haiti continued to study while worrying about his family in Haiti after the earthquakes hit.

That Haitian student finished 2nd in his class and will go to Edison in the fall thanks to a scholarship he earned.

One by one, more than 35 students accepted their diplomas from Life Skills - a Lee County alternative high school.

"I went to a normal high school before this and it was really difficult and Life Skills was super easy. I got through a year ahead of time and I am really happy."

AJ Hix is graduating with a perfect GPA and already has a job lined up.

"After graduation I'm going to join the Army and go to college while I'm in the Army."

In the fall, Wanson Charlestin will be going back to school after he earned a scholarship to Edison State College.

"I was in the car. I felt like jumping out of the car. It's the greatest news I've heard all year."

Charlestin, who is from Haiti, also dealt with the news of an earthquake back home.

"All I did was pray because my whole family is in Haiti. I'm just here with my aunt and uncle so it was very tragic."

But Friday night, friends and family were celebrating accomplishment.

"I came here to get a better life."

"I'm super happy. I'm proud of myself."

Friday nights guest speaker is the coordinator of student activities at Edison - Fred Morgan

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