NUECES COUNTY, Texas – High school seniors across the country are gearing up for graduation, but the ceremony in one Texas district will be a quick one.
There is only one graduating high school senior. The district only goes up to the 11th grade, but with hard work, one girl was able to skip to the head of the class.
"Theoretically there's no graduating class here at London but I'm graduating," said Charlie Gurleski.
Charlie is an anomaly. She's a junior at London ISD, but she single handedly is also the entire senior class. A class of one.
"if I wanna go to A&M they actually won't accept me because they see me as last in my class," said Charlie.
Charlie is an outgoing, happy, go lucky, high school girl. She has a lot on her plate. She works, takes part in the junior livestock show, she's A-B honor roll, and has worked hard to graduate early.
She does all the work of a junior, plus that of a senior by taking online classes, and she's fulfilling in honor of someone special.
"I was talking to my mom one day and we were like, you know, it would be so cool to graduate early in honor of Mr. McMath," said Charlie. "When the high school started that was his dream. He always wanted London to have a high school. It's been a lot of work and a lot of stress. When I came home from school at night it was just, you know, you don't get to just be free, you've gotta do your online classes, you've gotta get them done and do your other homework that you have and sometimes I was like 'I don't know if I can do this anymore," said Charlie.
"It's hard because our class is so much like a family, but I'm really happy for her. I'm happy for her to go off and do better things that she's happy doing," said her friend, Miranda Johnson.
And what about the future? What about graduating early from college?
"I don't know graduating high school might be enough early for me, but I'm only 16 right now so just kinda see where it goes," said Charlie.