by Kristina Piamonte, Photo Editor
The first class of AVID students will receive their diplomas this Sunday.
“The current seniors have come a long way since their freshmen year. They achieved at a high level while at Wheeling, as evidenced by their good grades and high ACT scores,” Kevin Lennon, business and AVID teacher, said.
The AVID program helps students prepare for college from the help of college tutors to the opportunities of college visits.
Every year the AVID program interviews eighth graders, who applied and looks over their Explore scores, grades and their motivation for college.
“All of the current seniors have been admitted to a four year college. Many students have earned scholarships,” Lennon said.
Jessica Martinez, one of the seniors with a scholarship, plans on going to Illinois State University for elementary education after graduating from WHS.
“My advice to other generations is to stick through AVID … try to make yourself a ‘prepared college student,” Martinez said. “It was a blast, even though we did lose some people, it was still fun when we went to college visits, community activities and even tutorials.”
Being able to pilot the iPads, the seniors enhanced their learning skills. With the iPad, the students were able to check the grades, work on essays, projects, and reports with ease.
“The iPad did help in classes because we (the students) were able to take notes and be more organised. I used it in classes to take notes, research and do research on universities I was interested in,” Martinez said.
The AVID program challenges students to reach their full potential in their academics by the use of tutorials and teaching students studying and organizational skills.
“I really can’t imagine high school without AVID. I probably wouldn’t have taken any honor or AP classes because I liked getting A’s in regular classes because they are so easy, but AVID taught me to challenge myself,” Brenda Carlos, senior, said.