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Bridges4Kids LogoBrothers Complete High School Early, Graduate Together
by Don Chance, Star-Telegram, May 29, 2004
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Two overachieving brothers were among the Azle High School seniors graduating Friday night at the Fort Worth Convention Center.

Robert Gobel, 17, graduated in his third year of high school, and Wayne Gobel, 15, graduated in his second.

Cherie Gobel said that her sons did not do well in public school until after she home-schooled them for 2 1/2 years. Then, she said, they took off.

"Education is important in our family because I dropped out of high school," Gobel said. "It was because of my problems with school. Then I went back and got my GED. I didn't want the same thing to happen to my children."

The Gobels were born in New Orleans and the family moved to Azle two years ago.

Carolyn Westin, Azle High School special programs coordinator, said that the Gobel family is unusually dedicated to education.

She said that the Gobel brothers overcame dyslexia and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder to complete the school curriculum through a combination of conventional high school work and college correspondence courses.

"Their grades are not up there in the top 10 percent, but their grades are solid," Westin said. "They're just real go-getters from a family that puts God, family, education and everything else in a proper order. Education is just really important to them. As a result, they work on things like that instead of getting into mischief. That mom is to be given a ton of credit."

In addition to both brothers dealing with dyslexia and ADHD, Westin said that dysgraphia, an inability to write correctly, plagued Wayne throughout his school career.

"But he just works hard at it and goes on," Westin said.

The brothers' sister, Ange'l, 14, plans to graduate in 2005 as a sophomore.

All three Gobels are set to begin summer classes at Weatherford College on Tuesday.

Robert said he would eventually like to go on to Mississippi State University, where he wants to major in marine biology.

Wayne plans to attend Texas Christian University.

"I'd like to become a psychiatrist," Wayne said.

    

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