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He beats the odds to earn high school diploma
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Curtiss Beyers, 17, is on his way to graduate with his Class of 2017 class despite his lifetime autism challenge. He is pictured showing his 8th grade graduation photograph on a coveted plaque. His framed awards are seen in the background on the wall of the family kitchen. - photo by GLENN KAHL/The Bulletin

Editor’s note: This is a corrected version of a story that ran on Page A1 of Tuesday’s Bulletin

Curtiss Beyers is graduating from Manteca High School on May 26.
The 18-year-old, though, is probably more excited about heading off to culinary school.
The teen’s parents, Andi and Kevin Beyers, have been behind him all the way, urging him as a Special Education student with Autism to always do his best and never quit despite the challenges.
“He’s off to the races,” his dad said of Curtiss, who he and his wife have watched develop beyond expectations throughout his school tenure.  “He can carry on conversations in Spanish and has (sung) a few songs in Swahili and is speaking multiple languages. He is well past what doctors expected of him.”
Curtiss has been accepted into the Lane Community College Culinary Academy in Eugene, Oregon.
 During high school, he attended the Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) program where he excelled in the curriculum there as well.
His parents say he is a whiz in math and can calculate things in his head almost immediately. His study time as well as his TV time has been structured to give him the best possible chance to succeed – and succeed he has, pushing toward a successful career in the culinary arts.
Curtiss is no stranger to the family kitchen where he can put together a quick meal as well as breakfast for his parents to enjoy.
The family is planning a barbecue celebration at their Manteca home to celebrate Curtiss’ success story in school that has made his parents extremely proud of accomplishments that also brings a profound smile to the teen’s face.  Curtiss is also looking forward to his grandparents’ attendance at his upcoming graduation.