AVID Graduates Achieve Academic Excellence, Community Impact and Individual Determination

On May 22 AVID students from each of the district’s middle and high schools gathered to celebrate a successful year. AVID awards were presented for academic achievement including college credits earned. Seniors and AVID scholarship recipients were also recognized by their teachers, classmates and the Board of Education.

In the 2018-19 school year, 288 Lakeville Area students from each of the district’s middle and high schools participated in the AVID program. Students worked with AVID tutors, advisors and elective teachers on a variety of strategies for academic and personal success.  

Twenty-eight AVID seniors collectively obtained 122 college credits, 153 letters of acceptance into post-secondary institutions, and $1,807,232 in scholarships and grants. Several students will be the first in their families to attend college.  

The following students received AVID scholarships:

Huda Ali, a senior at Lakeville South High School, received an AVID Impact Scholarship donated by Frandsen Bank. Ali will attend Augsburg University in the fall.

Laith Alishaqi, senior at Lakeville South High School, received an AVID Academic Scholarship donated by Crystal Lake Automotive. In the fall Alishaqi will attend Concordia University, Saint Paul.

Dawson Ashley, senior at Lakeville North High School, received an AVID Impact Scholarship donated by Citizens Bank. Ashley will attend Bethel College in the fall to pursue a degree in Engineering.

Nayeli Cubias, senior at Lakeville North High School, received an AVID Legacy Scholarship donated by Robert and Shelley Erickson. Cubias will be attending Winona State University in the fall.

Aftyn Madson, senior at Lakeville North High School, received an AVID Academic Scholarship donated by Citizens Bank.

Amelia Mancera-Smith, senior at Lakeville North High School, received an AVID Academic Scholarship donated by Schmitty & Sons. In the fall, Mancera-Smith will attend Minnesota State University, Mankato to pursue a degree in nursing. She was also the recipient of a Fairview Scholarship.

Leslie Mera de la Cruz, senior at Lakeville South High School, received an AVID Legacy Scholarship donated by Dave and Kathy Singstock. Mera de la Cruz will attend The College of St. Scholastica in the fall.

Sophia Naizghi, senior at Lakeville South High School, received an AVID Impact Scholarship donated by Karl Drotning. Naizghi will attend the University of Minnesota in the fall.

Zoe Nidzgorski, senior at the Alternative Learning Center, received an AVID Legacy Scholarship donated by the Kohlnhofer Agency. Nidzgorski will attend Augsburg University in the fall.

Three types of AVID scholarships are available to AVID students on a yearly basis thanks to support from Lakeville Area businesses and community members. The Academic Scholarship is for students with an exceptional academic record. The Impact Scholarship is for students who have made a remarkable impact through leadership and community service. And the Legacy Scholarship is for students who demonstrate the AVID spirit: individual determination, positive impact on others, and academic excellence.

Lakeville Area Schools has partnered with AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination), a nonprofit that supports schools to close the opportunity gap by providing resources and professional development, since 2009.

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