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Hernando High School's Trollis Williams repeats senior year, but his journey to receive a diploma worth the effort

“There were times I felt embarrassed coming for a fifth year, but I kept coming,” said Trollis Williams, who graduates tonight.

RON THOMPSON | Times

“There were times I felt embarrassed coming for a fifth year, but I kept coming,” said Trollis Williams, who graduates tonight.

BROOKSVILLE — Trollis Williams had finished his senior year at Hernando High School last spring and was all set to cross the stage to receive his diploma.

Then came the bad news: He learned he was short credits and lacked a grade point average high enough to graduate.

Williams, 19, recalls being wracked with disappointment.

"I was thinking it was over," he said. "I was thinking I wouldn't graduate at all."

He had a choice to make. He could have gone to the Adult Education program and taken the General Educational Development test for a Florida high school diploma.

But, he said, "I really didn't want to stop going to high school at all."

So, Williams chose a different route. He repeated his senior year.

He brought his GPA up significantly and earned all the credits he needed.

And tonight, he will walk with his class and receive his diploma at Hernando High School's graduation.

It wasn't easy.

Williams retook classes in which he had fared poorly in order to have those low grades forgiven.

"The majority of his classes this year were for grade forgiveness," said guidance counselor Amanda Rodriguez, explaining that students can retake classes in which they received D's and F's and replace those grades with higher ones.

"He worked very hard," Rodriguez said. "He stayed after for night school."

She said Williams was very conscientious, visiting her often to make sure he was on track to graduate. "Even when he struggles, he's respectful. He was willing to ask for help."

Williams had high praise for Rodriguez, calling her "a big motivator" who helped him develop a game plan. "It was the way Ms. Rodriguez explained it," he said. "It seemed like it wasn't impossible."

And he received loads of encouragement from his mother, Rosalyn Marrion, and credits her, his father, Claude Marrion, and his grandmother, Minnie Hollis, with keeping him going.

Rodriguez said that a lot of students older than 18 who don't finish high school get their GEDs. Being a second-year senior is not typical.

"There were times I felt embarrassed coming for a fifth year," Williams said, "but I kept coming."

Now that he is graduating, Williams isn't about to stop learning. He plans to attend Pasco-Hernando Community College, focusing on becoming a registered nurse.

Williams said he was willing to talk about his situation as a way to encourage students in similar straits to "stick it out."

His message?

"Don't quit," he said.

Paulette Lash Ritchie can be reached at eduritchie@yahoo.com.

Hernando High School Class of 2009

Ashley Brooke Ackerman

Scott Edward Adamson Jr.

Kristin Marie Allan

Justin Daniel Alonso

Michael Merle Anderson

Nicole Ashley Antonini

Marcus Stephen Aske

Gene Raymond Babcock

Chardonnay Martrieste Badger

Dana Marie Steinruck Bahamonde

Caleb Joseph Baier

Kendyl Taylor Bailey

Michael Duane Bainum III

Brittany Alexis Barnes

Brigitte Ann Baskin

Ava Kivan Baylor

Sean Daniel Bayly

Brianna Shanice Bennett

Heather Nicole Beyer

Melinda Nicole Blount

Kaitlyn Lindsey Bond

Genesia Le'Shay Booker

Ryan Jay Brady

Morgan Lee Brooks

Tiffany De Anne Brown

Paquira Lashaun Bryant

Kayla Ashley Bufalo

Jade Louise Burnett

Megan Victoria Busacca

Benjamin Thomas Buttelman

Claudia Lorena Caceres

Emily Anne Calamari

Amanda Beth Cantrell

Christopher Theo Carire

Brittany Gayle Carlton

Samantha Jo Anne Carwile

Gabrielle Lindsey Cashman

Nicholas Thomas Champney

Shanna Lace Chatraw

Kristen Alicia Chipelo

Lauren Marie Churchill

Clarissa Shiandra Clark

Kaitlynn Marie Clayton

LaLania Yvonne Cleavenger

Blaine Aubrey Cloud

Blake Cody Cockrell

Andrea Lynn Conkel

Breanna Leigh Conner

Zachary Norris Cooper

Kaitlin Christiana Corder

Ranelle Marie Cox

Brandon Philip Crum

Deborah Ann Cummings

Robin Mary Cummings

Shelby Lynne Curley

Erika Lynn Curtiss

Ashley Diane Dannemiller

Michael Blaine Davalos

James Allen Davidson

Bethany Jean Davis

Damon Tyler Davis

Kenneth Day III

Rory Alan Day

Michelle DeJesus Mojica

Shelby Jalycee Deramus

Samantha Ann DeVary

Kelsey Leigh Dewey

Juan Manuel Diaz Jr.

Justine Alyce DiGirolamo

Amy Aline Dooley

Briana Drayton

Kyle Christopher Durham

Amber Nicole Duvall

Jacob Lee Eastham

Alyssa Danielle Edmonson

Marquita La'Shon Elder

Mustafa Adel Elfaituri

Jacob Robert Elkins

Jordan Elizabeth Elliott

Kellee Ann Elwin

Catherine Mondares Erana

Nickolas Lamarr Fagin

Akwane Tikish Fahie

Joshua Edward Faircloth

Brockland Paul Farrell

Eric Lawrence Fels

Brittany Michelle Fender

Kristofer Lee Fisher

Brittany Jane Fox

Zachary Ryon Frederick

Theodore Patrick Freed

Jesse Lee Freeman

Kimberly Ann Fritts

Jayde Nichole Fulwood

Jamila Rebecca Gabisch

Julianna Kristy Gabisch

Luci Koren Gaines

Cari Anne Gandy

DiAngelo Marquis Gaynor

Brielle Elizabeth Geiger

Jacob Matthew Geisler

Walker K Samuel Gibson

Alison Loraine Gill

Kyle Lee Glatfelder

Cecilia Gomez

Patricia Delores Grimes

Brandon Thomas Gunderson

Chelsea Annette Hall

Melissa Lauren Hallal

Bradley David Hamel

Otis Alvin Hamilton III

Patrick Hilton Haney

Tabatha Lynn Harper

Corey Matthew Hartsock

Brendan Richard Harvey

Joshua Michael Harvey

Alexandra Renee Hayden

Aaron Anthony David Hayes

Christopher Michael Heathcoat

Donna Marie Heathcoat

David Lee Hines

Kenneth Charles Hoffmann

Shantina Parshay Holder

Brittany Morgan Huston

Kenneace Quansay Jackson

Meiko Neri Jackson

Nicole Angela Jackson

Rianna Irene Jenkins

Adam Wayne Jerkins

Amanda Nichole Johnson

Brandy Clare Johnson

Tiffany La'Shay Johnson

Kimberly Joy Johnston

Robert James Kattenhorn

Clayton Reed Kessler

Victoria Chyvone Ketchum

Sabrina Marie Kile

Carly Elizabeth Kirkman

Amanda Lee Kirkpatrick

Shawn Michael Kish

Casey Robert Klimas

Travis Allen Knox

Cody Alexander Lamb

Joshua Laurence Landow

Andrew Daniel Landry

Michael Allen Landry

Jesse Tyler Lane

Robert Scott Lane II

Darius De'Andre Langley

Ryane Linsey Ledington

Stephanie Lee

Micheal Edward Lehman

Cody Ray Lester

Lonnie Spencer Lewis

Scott James Lewis

Alyssa Lindsay Lexvold

Karen Nataly Leyva

Lynnette Victoria LoBianco

Kristen Gayle Looper

James Chandler Looper

Canecia Christine Lowery

Erik Scott Lundquist

Demitria Michelle Maldonado

Erica Nicole Maldonado

Shane Allen Malvesti

Felicia Marie Maner

Dorothy Annlouise Mangracina

Robert Donateli Marchiori

Darne' Marie Marshall

Lea Maria Martin

Joshua Tomas Martinez

Sebastian Anthony Massaro

Jonathan Lee Mathis

Kayla Brooke McConnell

Emma Michelle McCullers

Brenden Cole McGarrity

Amanda Malyn Merry

Kristen Ann Messina

Andresa Janae Miller

An'Drew Shawn Mineo

Cory David Misko

Ashley Nicole Mock

Christina Anne Mojeiko

Stephanie Grace Molyneaux

Danyell Jean Moore

Max Clinton Morrill

Gregory George Neblock

Clayton Garrett Neff

Cynthia Ann Neisler

Jarrid Scott Nelms

Jordan Steven Nelms

Austin Trace Newberry

Colijah Daniel Newman

Tiffany Lynn Nichols

Jessica Ann Nicolodi

Myra Lee Noojin

William Scot Obenour

Michael Brian Paradis

James Edward Parmelee

Melissa Bethany Parresol

Tanvi Arvind Patel

Devan Meriah Patlan

Alexis Larthenia Patrick

Kelly Ann Patrizi

Patrick Charles Peacock

Samuel Owen Perkins

Ashley Renee Pert

Johnathon Franklin Phillips

Alexis Channing Poole

Sarah Elizabeth Posey

Corey Alexandra Proctor

Johnny Lester Reaves

Timothy Joseph Regan

Lucy Elizabeth Reyna

Gregory Michael Rhodes

Rickie Christopher Roach

Samantha Leigh Roach

Alycia La'Nae Roberts

Robert Bradley Rook

Joshua Douglas Ross

Stephanie Anne Rossman

Heather Marie Roush

Casey Kelley Sample

Da'Meshia Nicole Sanders

Arica Cheri Saylor

Cheryl Jean Schillinger

Emily Morgan Schwab

Tomecka Evette Scrivens

Amanda Jane Sechrist

Brittany Ann Sena

Ashlee Marie Shanks

Brian Curtis Shattuck Jr.

Sara Beth Shaw

Michael David Shrader

Sarah Shuayb

Jillian Grace Silvia

Amanda Rae Simpson

Stephanie Dawn Sinwelski

George Pilley Smith Jr.

Markesha Shane Smith

Michelle Rebecca Smith

Troy Jay Smith II

Adam Kirk Sparkman

Ashley Nicole Speer

Hannah McGuire Spencer

Brittany Jane Stahl

James Daniel Stanley

Anna Marie Steen

Michael Scott Steitz

Emilianna Barbara Stephens

James Jamar Stephens

Brianna Latisha Strother

Shane Matthew Taggart

Christopher Nicholas Taylor

Donald Joseph Terry

Avarrian Cebert Thomas

Trent Nicholas Tracy

Samuel Bradford Fogarty

VanScoyoc

Aaron William Varvel

Jeffrey Michael Vrosh

Samantha Katrina Waddell

Jordan Kiely Walker

Steven Kyle Walters

Raquel Marshae Washington

Brian Micheal Wasielewski

Jeremy Mitchel Welch

Paul Thomas Wernicke Jr.

Stacy Marie Westmoreland

Caitlin Sara Wilder

Jade Alvis Williams

Roger Thomas Williams III

Trollis Markquade Williams

Dakota Grey Williamson

Larissa Michelle Wilson

James Weston Wirtz

Lauren Michelle Wisner

Brianna Amber Woodbury

Joseph Michael Woodbury

Joshua Patrick Woodford

Desirae Alisha Woods

Jasmine Lynn Wright

Joseph Eugene Wright

Jacqueline Renee Young

Robert Dale Young

Christopher Joseph Zabriskie

Fast facts

Leaders

of the class

Valedictorian

Kelsey Dewey

Parents: James and Terri Dewey

GPA: 4.469

College: University

of Florida

Field of study: Undecided

Salutatorian

Bethany Davis

Parents: Erick and Sandra Davis

GPA: 4.461

College: University

of Florida

Field of study: Engineering

Rest of the best

3. Nicole Antonini

4. Lea Martin

5. Brielle Geiger

6. Stephanie Lee

7. Sarah Shuayb

8. Cari Gandy

9. Michael Bainum

10. Christina Mojeiko



Fast facts

If you go

Hernando High School will have its commencement ceremony at 7:30 tonight at the school, 700 Bell Ave., Brooksville.

Hernando High School's Trollis Williams repeats senior year, but his journey to receive a diploma worth the effort 05/31/09 [Last modified: Sunday, May 31, 2009 6:10pm]

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