On June 13, our Academy school celebrated the individual accomplishments of 100 students who have experienced difficulties in their short lifetime, yet through the support of Academy faculty,
have learned to develop resiliency and courage to overcome their challenges.
Each student was individually recognized in front of 200 guests with a special award, specifically chosen by their teacher that celebrated their unique talents and strengths. Such awards included perseverance, improved reading, good citizenship, musical artistry and sportsmanship to name a few. In addition to distributing awards and diplomas, family and friends were treated by the musical talents of the Academy’s choir and drumming circle.
It was a special moment for guests to see 9 middle and 8 high school graduates walk across the stage and be recognized for their academic excellence, including those part of the National Honor Society. Our 8 high school graduates successfully completed all requirements set by the state of California, as well as their school districts to be awarded a high school diploma. We are proud of our graduates who have aspirations of exploring various careers and furthering their education.
Center President & CEO, Dr. Moisés Barón, shared so eloquently with our graduates, “The fact that despite difficult odds and many challenges, you succeeded. You are graduating high school and you do have what it takes!”
Congratulations to the Class of 2016 and all Academy students!
Thank you to our generous donors, community partners, volunteers and Academy team for contributing to our students’ success this past school year.