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Weir grads earn honors

May 30, 2008
By GIOVANNI P. ROSSI, Staff writer
Nine graduates from the Weir High class of 2008 were the recipients of the Award of Educational Achievement from High Schools That Work.

Logan Calhoun, Kenneth Esposito, Jacob Glynn, Zachary Miser, Matthew Nagy, Jaquelyn Petrovich, Kyle Robinson, Tina Rykowski and Joe Yaworski were each presented with an Award of Educational Achievement. Each student was provided with a personalized certificate and a letter from the Southern Regional Education Board which initiated HSTW.

According to Principal Martin Hudek, seniors must complete a program consisting of high level academic and technical classes in order to achieve this award. These courses focus on a student’s readiness for employment and college education, he noted. Participants must complete studies in two of three subject areas including math, science and language arts.

“Qualifications also include high scores on several standardized tests including the National Assessment of Educational Progress,” he said.

Hudek noted the NAEP test is given every two years and students from Weir High have participated in it four times.

The HSTW is supported by member states and grants from organizations, such as the Wallace Foundation, Goldman Sachs Foundation, the Charles Steward Mott Foundation, Carnegie Corporation, Whitehead Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

The Southern Regional Education Board was founded in 1948 as the first multi-state compact for education in America.

“These students are to be commended for their efforts,” Hudek said. “By taking challenging courses in high school and performing well on rigorous exams, they have increased the likelihood of success in the workplace and further education.”

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