Forty-four seniors in the AVID programs at Burnsville High School and Burnsville Alternative High School were honored at an event on May 8.
They are the fifth group of graduates who have participated in the AVID college readiness program in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191. The first graduating class of AVID students numbered 18 in 2014.
AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a college prep program designed to increase the number of students who go to four-year colleges by helping them acquire the organizational and study skills they need to be successful. Students learn academic strategies, develop critical thinking skills, ask probing questions, use Cornell note-taking and participate in group collaboration. Most of the AVID graduates will be the first in their family to go to college.
Students shared how participation in the AVID elective class had changed their lives. They gained organizational skills, increased self-confidence and acquired study skills that will support their future success.
Also at the event, Kevin and Greta Warren presented the second round of their No Doors Closed Scholar Awards. Recipients this year are Patrick Asamoah, Nivian Moraa, Sengdalivanh Novaha, Sucaado Omar and Falak Tawakalna. They will receive $5,000 each year for four years to cover tuition and other costs to earn an undergraduate degree at a college or university.
AVID began in District 191 in 2009 at Nicollet Middle School, which is now an AVID National Demonstration School, and has since expanded to all secondary schools.