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Posted: May 14, 2013

Nex+Gen Academy Celebrates its First Graduating Class

Videos of commencements from the 13 comprehensive high schools will be posted within 24 hours of the ceremonies; schools of choice graduations are expected to be posted within 48 hours.

Twenty students in crimson caps and gowns made their way across the stage at the National Hispanic Cultural Center this week, becoming the first graduating class of nex+Gen Academy High School.

The class, referred to during speeches as “pioneers” and “guinea pigs,” were the first to sign up when the project-based, technology-focused school opened in 2009. Their first classrooms were portables located behind Del Norte High School, but they moved into a new building on the campus a year later.

Principal Mike Stanton told them he was proud of their perseverance and their accomplishments, and knows they will “go on to do great things.”

Superintendent Winston Brooks, APS Board of Education members David Peercy and Kathy Korte and chief of staff Joseph Escobedo participated in the receiving line to congratulate the graduates. Peercy and Korte told students that they should be proud to be part of the school’s first class and that they should be “prepared for life.”

The class’ first valedictorian Heather Rooke also spoke about the positive and negative aspects of being part of a small class. She listed “knowing everyone in the class” in both categories.


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