AVID program celebrates student achievements with 11 scholarships

Lakeville Area Public Schools celebrated 23 graduating seniors as well as the accomplishments of other high school and middle school students who are a part of the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program on May 18 in the Lakeville South High School auditorium.

The AVID program, which includes 257 students in five schools, helps students develop the skills

Students from the AVID program were honored for their hard work this past year.

Students from the AVID program were honored for their hard work this past year.

they need to succeed academically in high school and in their postsecondary educations and careers. All of the 2017 AVID graduating seniors will be attending a 2- or 4-year college or university, or the military in the fall. It’s especially exciting for the many students who will be among the first generations in their families to attend college.

AVID scholarships — which totaled more than $500,000 — were awarded to 11 of the program’s graduating seniors who met the requirements in three categories: legacy, academic and impact. The Legacy Scholarship recognized exemplary achievement and students that encompass the AVID spirit, including individual determination, positive impact on others, and academic excellence. It was awarded to Lakeville North’s Brady Richards, Lakeville South’s Han Phan and Area Learning Center’s Alaine Easter Dreylin.

The Academic Scholarship went to students with an exceptional academic record, indicating individual determination and academic achievement in rigorous coursework over their high school careers. It was awarded to Lakeville North’s Alex Dyakin and Maggie Olson, Lakeville South’s Dracco Hoang and Melissa Lopez, and Area Learning Center’s Coral Thomas-Prokasky.

Eleven of the program’s graduating seniors received scholarships totaling more than $500,000.

Eleven of the program’s graduating seniors received scholarships totaling more than $500,000.

The Impact Scholarship was for students who demonstrated remarkable impact on the community through leadership and community service. It was awarded to Lakeville North’s David Anleu and Vanessa Ramirez, and Lakeville South’s Vernae Stegeman.

The scholarships were developed by a team led by Keri Otterson, AVID’s college and career specialist for both Lakeville North and South high schools, and Bob Erickson, Board of Education director. Donations for scholarships came from Crystal Lake Automotive, Crystal Lake Automotive owner Karl Drotning, Bob & Shelley Erickson, Frandsen Bank & Trust, Kohlhofner Agency, Schneiderman’s Furniture, Schmitty & Son’s, Sterling State Bank, and Tradition Development.

The AVID program prides itself on its diversity, and at 49 percent students of color, holds the most diverse classes in the entire district.

“The more diversity we have in our lives, the better,” said Superintendent Dr. Lisa Snyder.

Also, new to the program this year was the Postsecondary Enrollment Option (PSEO), which allows students to take up to 13 college credits before graduation. It was announced at the end of the event that Century Middle School will also become a part of the AVID curriculum in the fall.

“Pursue your dreams and opportunities and go for the 2018 scholarships,” Erickson said.
Learn more about the district’s AVID program, and how it helps prepare students for college readiness and career success.

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