Loudoun County, Va. (June 4, 2015) – On May 21, 2015, the AVID senior classes from Tuscarora and Loudoun County high schools celebrated the quickly approaching end of their high school career at the Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) Administrative Offices in Ashburn.
Joe Boling, chairman of the Middleburg Corp. and a 2014 Loudoun Laurel Honoree, was the guest speaker for the celebration. Boling spoke about the importance of continuing to be self-motivated and responsible while away at college and to always continue to grow as a person.
A highlight of the night was when former Del. Joe May of the Loudoun Laurels presented Carlos Perez (Loudoun County High School) with one of three Loudoun Laurel $10,000 scholarships. Perez plans to major in engineering.
AVID (Advancement Via Individualized Determination) targets students in the academic middle – B, C, and even D students – who have the desire to go to college and the willingness to work hard. These students are capable of completing rigorous curriculum, but are falling short of their potential. Often times, they will be the first in their families to attend college.
The AVID program is currently at Loudoun County High School, Tuscarora High School, Park View High School, Simpson Middle School, Smart’s Mill Middle School and Sterling Middle School. Seneca Ridge Middle School will begin implementing the AVID program during the 2015-2016 school year.
The 32 AVID seniors honored on May 21 and the colleges they will attend included:
- Jhade Aird, Farleigh Dickinson University
- Daniel Allegretto, *William Patterson University
- Jack Dagon, U.S. Marine Corps
- Dominique Dial, Northern Virginia Community College
- Kathryn Dunbar, Virginia Commonwealth University
- Jordan Fisher, University of Toledo
- Natalia Gutierrez Orsini, Virginia Commonwealth University
- Daniel Herrera, Northern Virginia Community College
- Antonio Jackson, Fordham University
- Christopher Jackson, *Ferrum College
- Jonathan Janes, Northern Virginia Community College
- Léshaun Jones, Radford Univeristy
- Max Kimball, Northern Virginia Community College
- Yvonne Kwaw-Fuah, Virginia Commonwealth University
- Danielle McCoy, George Mason University
- Devin McDonough, Radford University
- Casey Meyer, Bridgewater College
- Savannah Newton, Virginia Commonwealth University
- Claudia Otchere, Virginia Commonwealth University
- Katherine Paniagua-Ardon, Northern Virginia Community College
- Carlos Perez, Old Dominion University
- Blair Ramsey, Northern Virginia Community College
- Glen Reitz, Northern Virginia Community College
- Fatima Segovia, Northern Virginia Community College
- Matthew Shields, Northern Virginia Community College & Community College of Baltimore County
- Landon Terrell, *Radford University
- Ishmael Williams, Morehouse College
- Rachel Wright, Radford University
- Kennya Vasquez-Castro, Northern Virginia Community College
- Jonathan Voketaitis, Alabama University
- Ethan Walker, Christopher Newport University
- Nathaniel Widom, Northern Virginia Community College
*Pending more information