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Gallery+Story: EPISD summer graduates receive high-school diploma

EPISD’s Class of 2019 is now complete.

A total of 171 seniors from every high school in the El Paso Independent School District accepted their diplomas on Wednesday during the 2019 Summer Graduation Ceremonies at the Bowie High School auditorium.

The graduates completed all state graduation requirements during the summer and now join the 4,200 seniors who received their high-school diplomas during ceremonies in May.

“The fact that you are here today is a testament of the hard work and dedication you have demonstrated over the years,” said Dr. Carla Gonzales, EPISD’s Assistant Superintendent of High Schools.

“You have the skills you need to be successful in life. Go out and work toward reaching your goals. You can do whatever you want to make an impact in this world.”

Wednesday’s ceremonies were split in two to accommodate parents and graduates.

The morning ceremonies featured students from Andress, Austin, Burges, Chapin, Franklin, Irvin, Jefferson and Silva Health Magnet high schools, as well as the College, Career & Technology Academy.

The afternoon session featured students from Bowie, Coronado and El Paso high schools.

Author – Gustavo Reveles  |  Photos by Leonel Monroy – EPISD

El Paso ISD’s CCTA students could win car with good grades

Students at the College, Career and Technology Academy (CCTA) will have more than a high-school diploma driving their efforts to make good grades and attend classes regularly.

Thanks to a partnership with Viva Auto Group, CCTA students who earn high marks and have stellar attendance will qualify to win a certified used car.

“It’s going to encourage a lot of students here,” CCTA sophomore Ryan Brown said. “If I can get a car just by coming to school and getting good grades, I’m going to definitely strive for that.”

Viva and CCTA announced their partnership earlier this week during a ceremony at the campus.

CCCTA is a countywide school of choice for young adults ages 17 to 26 who want an opportunity to complete their graduation requirements while earning professional certifications and college credit. The school is located in the former Houston Elementary School.

Officials at the school said the partnership with Viva will give students an additional impetus to become successful in the classroom.

To qualify to win the car, students must be ranked in the top 10 percent of their class and have a good attendance record.

news_2314_m“I think it’s important that we help students who are making an effort to complete their education,” Viva Marketing Director Raul Rodriguez said. “This will help out not only during high school but also in college when they are pursuing a career.”

CCTA teacher Debbie Brooks reached out to Viva owner Jimmy Dick to help with student incentives, like a gift card, but never expected a donation of a vehicle.

Alternative campuses like CCTA provide an opportunity for students to complete their graduation requirements, but these campuses often struggle with attendance issues, said principal Adan Lopez.

“It’s great to develop partnerships like this that generating greater incentives for the students,” Lopez said. “Any encouragement to get the kids to class is great.”

Author: El Paso ISD

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