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Grads’ tough journey sets them on path to success

2015 April 15
by HISD Communications

The graduation season began formally last week as we honored our top seniors at HISD’s annual Scholars Banquet, and it was rewarding to see tangible examples of how our work of the past five years is paying off.

The 96 valedictorians and salutatorians — and their classmates, who will stride across stages next month — have been both enriched and challenged by increased rigor, and so their achievements loom especially large. They’ve met the challenge of AP and dual-credit classes and programs such as International Baccalaureate, Early College High Schools, and Futures Academies to become college-ready learners armed with career awareness and skills.

They’ve met tougher STAAR standards and passed five end-of-course exams, and they’ve led the way in embracing new technology through PowerUp, the HUB, and coding.

The result: Already we’ve seen an amazing list of acceptances at both the best institutions in Texas and across the U.S., and the scholarship and financial aid offers are flowing in.

Members of the Class of 2015 will accept their diplomas as perhaps the best prepared group of HISD graduates ever. Their persistence and dedication, coupled with the challenges they’ve already met, have them poised to succeed in higher education and rewarding careers, and armed with the skills and personal qualities to compete on a global level.

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