YMCA preschoolers take the next step

Jaime David is pensive before the graduation ceremony begins.
Hadlie Heflin leads a smiling line into the auditorium for the graduation.

It's graduation week in Southwest Florida, and traditionally it's the youngsters from the YMCA of South Collier-Marco YMCA who grab the honors of going first.

May 23 at the Y's Youth Development Center, 15 young graduates entertained their parents and relatives with poems, songs and monologues about why they enjoyed preschool.

After that came the highlight, with each of the youngsters collecting their diplomas from pre-K teacher/director Kelly O'Connor.

Pre-K teacher/director Kelly O'Connor takes the mic around asking each graduate to state their plans for the future.
Mom Linda Hernandez takes a video of her graduate son, Gabriel.

The grads were Abigail Anesca, Aisha El Ibrik, Amelia Scuderi, Angely Gutierrez, Cooper Schulte,

Gabriel Hernandez, Hadlie Heflin, Jaime David, Jake Verdon, Kaiden McCollum, James Ralph, Jocelyn Santos, Madeleine Love, Mccullough Hewitt and Zachary Bores.

For more on the Y's wide variety of programs and activities for adults and children, visit marcoymca.org or call 394-YMCA (9622). Follow on Twitter at ymcamarco; on Facebook @marcoymca, and Instagram at ymcamarco.