CUHS AVID program celebrates college-bound seniors, 20th anniversary
AVID student Christopher Hernandez thanks his teacher and students while giving a speech at the Central Union High School Avid Award Ceremony on Thursday evening in El Centro. (STEVEN ESPERANZA PHOTO / May 3, 2013)
For the past 20 years, the Advancement Via Individual Determination program at Central High has helped students on their path toward higher education.
This year, 49 seniors were celebrated at the ceremony for their academic achievement, community service and commitment to a two- or four-year college.
Diana Ruiz said being challenged in her AVID class helped her not only get to college but be that much more prepared for her freshman year at Cal State Fullerton.
“AVID helped me make the right choices not just in school but outside of it too,” Diana, a 17-year-old senior said. “It also helped me get really involved.
Last year, the students in the AVID program totaled more than 6,000 hours of community service, which is only a small part of what they do, said Jesus Lucero.
“It taught me good work ethic, organization and who to prioritize in class and in life,” said Lucero, an 18-year-old senior. “Our teacher Mrs. (Martha) Hoopes taught us a lot and kept us top of deadlines.”
As the AVID coordinator, Hoopes said it has been wonderful to see the program flourish over the last 20 years and continue to provide students possibilities after high school.
“AVID has always been very well supported at Central,” Hoopes said. “From our former Principal Barbara Oswalt, who brought the program here, to all the teachers and principals after her.”
Current Central High Principal Mike Sterner commended Hoopes, the program and the students for all their hard work.
“We are really happy and proud of going strong for the last 20 years,” Sterner said. “We’re looking forward to continue going strong next year and in the future.”
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