ALLPS School of Innovation celebrates the success of 185 seniors. Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas Tim Griffin delivered a motivation speech.

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ALLPS School of Innovation, Class of 2018.

 

By: Eric Yates & Carlos Chicas

Photos: Donte Davis & Trey Marley

On a Friday filled with recognitions, acolations, celebrations and awards, it was the 185 graduating seniors who were the primary focus at the ALLPS School of Innovation in Fayetteville, Arkansas. A crowd of over 200 parents, teachers, administrators and special guests filled the overflowing cafeteria at the Agee-Lierly Learning Preparation Services school (ALLPS) to recognize the class of 2018.

Acting Superintendent Dr. JohnL Colbert during ALLPS School of Innovation Senior Celebration.

Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin delivered the keynote address as he encouraged the graduating seniors to work hard, be passionate in whatever they do, and pursue excellence in all things.

Arkansas State Senator Uvalde Lindsey was the recipient of a special recognition on behalf of the Arkansas Association of Alternative Educators for his commitment and contributions to alternative education in the state.

State Senator Uvalde Lindsey receiving award for his support to Schools of Innovation.

But the highlight of the program came from several of the graduating seniors who were willing to share their own personal stories about the obstacles they had overcome as they pursued their high school diploma. Seniors Lilliana Gomez, Arleena Glass, and Salma Reyes all expressed gratitude for the faculty at ALLPS and how Fayetteville’s school of innovation allowed them to renew their focus on academics as they continued the pursuit of their life goals.

From left to right: Dr. Denise Hoy; ALLPS School of Innovation Principal, Emily Odom – Graduate, and Deanna Medlock, ALLPS School of Innovation AP.

The day concluded with a free meal for all in attendance. Overall, it was a fitting end to another successful academic year at ALLPS.

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En un viernes lleno de reconocimientos, aclamaciones, celebraciones y premios, fueron los 185 estudiantes de último año graduados quienes fueron el enfoque principal en la Escuela de Innovación ALLPS en Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Una multitud de más de 200 padres, maestros, administradores e invitados especiales llenaron la desbordante cafetería de la Escuela de Servicios de Preparación de Aprendizaje Agee-Lierly (ALLPS) para reconocer la clase de 2018.

Arkansas Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin was the Key Note Speaker during ALLPS School of Innovation Senior Celebration.

El Teniente Gobernador Tim Griffin pronunció el discurso principal alentando a los graduados para trabajar duro, ser apasionado en lo que hagan, y buscar la excelencia en todas las cosas.

El senador estatal de Arkansas Uvalde Lindsey recibió un reconocimiento especial en nombre de la Asociación de Educadores Alternativos de Arkansas por su compromiso y contribuciones a la educación alternativa en el estado.

ALLPS School of Innovation, Class of 2018.

Pero el punto culminante del programa provino de varios de los estudiantes de último año que estaban dispuestos a compartir sus propias historias personales sobre los obstáculos que habían superado mientras perseguían su diploma de escuela secundaria. Lilliana Gomez, Arleena Glass y Salma Reyes expresaron su gratitud por la facultad de ALLPS y la forma en que la escuela de innovación de Fayetteville les permitió retomar su enfoque en lo académico a medida que continuaron la búsqueda de sus objetivos de vida.

Arleena Glass, ALLPS School of Innovation Graduate shares his experience during Senior Celebration.

El día concluyó con una comida gratis para todos los asistentes. En general, fue un final apropiado para otro año académico exitoso en ALLPS.