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30 Days of Grad: Kensington Woods Schools

June 22, 2015 | by National Alliance |

Kensington Woods Schools honored 21 graduates during their commencement ceremony this year. Students were honored for their academic achievements during the ceremony as well as their demonstration of character and service throughout high school. Students also received a variety of scholarships to support their future college endeavors, totaling over $175,000. Kensington Woods High School...

30 Days of Grad: Fusion Charter School

June 21, 2015 | by National Alliance |

When Anthony Griffin first arrived at Fusion Charter School, he admitted that he didn’t have any hope for graduating. Unbeknownst to him was that only a few years later he would be speaking as the 12th grade speaker in front of the the school's first graduating class.

30 Days of Grad: Gateway Public Schools

June 20, 2015 | by National Alliance |

Duncan Alexander During his commencement address to the Gateway High School Class of 2015, math teacher, Mr. Rick Aidi, described how his students have taught him so much over the last four years. One student in particular, Duncan Alexander, proved to him that "no matter how bleak one's circumstances are, the right attitude can work miracles."

30 Days of Grad: Urban Prep Academy

June 19, 2015 | by National Alliance |

For the sixth consecutive year, 100% of the seniors from Urban Prep's Englewood, West, and Bronzeville campuses have been accepted to four-year colleges and universities.

30 Days of Grad: Rafael Devora

June 18, 2015 | by National Alliance |

Rafael Devora received his diploma from Premier High School in May and is headed to Cisco College beginning in the fall with intentions of becoming a registered nurse. It’s a career path rooted in family history, but also in a desire to be a helping hand.

30 Days of Grad: K’Von Williams

June 17, 2015 | by National Alliance |

For a significant portion of his life, K’Von didn’t enjoy coming to school. He often skipped class or just walked out when he wasn’t engaged. In the traditional public school environment, K’Von found it too easy to slack off.

30 Days of Grad: Loiselle Gonzalez Baez

June 16, 2015 | by National Alliance |

Loiselle Gonzalez Baez is a student at City on a Hill Charter School in Roxbury, Massachusetts and will be graduating on Thursday night. When she became pregnant last summer, she was determined to not let it get in the way of pursuing her dreams.

30 Days of Grad: DSST

June 15, 2015 | by National Alliance |

Despite rain and clouds, two DSST high schools celebrated their graduation ceremonies with pride, emotion, and excitement. DSST: Stapleton High School seniors, 100 percent of whom received four-year college acceptance for the eighth year in a row, heard a commencement speech from City Councilman, Albus Brooks. DSST Green Valley Ranch High School's inaugural senior class also received 100...

30 Days of Grad: Great Hearts Academies

June 14, 2015 | by National Alliance |

Trained in opera for the past three years after learning piano from childhood, Phoebe Garvie, a Chandler Prep graduate, who sings fluently in multiple languages including Italian and German, recently traveled to England to audition for admittance to the Birmingham Conservatoire and the Royal Northern College of Music. Immediately following her auditions she was accepted to both conservatories...

30 Days of Grad: Deisha Negron

June 13, 2015 | by National Alliance |

Deisha always wanted to be a hairstylist. Her mother was a hairdresser. At a young age, she had doubts about meeting her goal because she didn’t know how to read and struggled in school. In 2004 she moved from her home in Puerto Rico to Florida to live with her father, who was a strong mentor for her. Her elementary school teachers were helpful, but Deisha always felt pushed into a corner and...

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