Pictured here: 9 out of 10 of our National Merit Finalists (photo credit, David Denning)
This past week, my district held a district wide series of events to celebrate our college going culture. You can check out all of the excitement by looking up the following hashtag on twitter: #GCISDDecisionWk Tweets
As a part of decision week, my campus decided to hold two brand new events: a National Merit signing day and an AVID signing day. These events were held in a fashion very similar to how we do our athletic signing days throughout the year. Usually, when we have a signing day the coach, student, and their team gather in the library with their parents to sign their athletic scholarships and to celebrate with cookies or cake. This year, we held the two academic signing days to show that we celebrate all of our students' successes in the high school experience.
Both National Merit Finalist status and AVID graduating senior status are the culmination of many years of hard work and preparation. For National Merit Finalist status, students had to have scored in the top 1% of students to join the elite list of roughly 15,000 in the nation. To see the qualifications that make a National Merit Finalist, read here. In its own way, AVID is just as important a program as it targets students for academic supports to ensure a college-bound future. To learn more about AVID, read about them here.
Pictured here: 11 of our AVID seniors