Finding a path forward and keeping promises to yourself; that’s what success boils down to. For students who received their high school diplomas and certificates at the PWCS Adult Education, 16/17-year-old GED, and Summer School graduation ceremony, success is especially sweet. Whatever their path, their accomplishment is a testament that PWCS programs are a launchpad for anyone who is willing to persevere.
Emotions ran high as families filed into the Gar-Field High School gymnasium to witness the ceremony honoring 206 students. To the standard academic challenges of most, these students add complicated life circumstances or the hard-won discovery that they learn better in less traditional settings to reach this triumphant event. Their personal stories reflect the diversity of those who overcame and succeeded despite personal barriers or other obstacles such as language, relocations, or work or family schedules.
Commencement speaker Julius Williams recognized the difficulties and obstacles students endured in order to participate in this event, and challenged them to utilize this achievement as a springboard for success in future endeavors. Williams went on to encouraged the group to be bold and to embrace opportunity.
Thanks to a special scholarship program from the family of the Division’s beloved former Adult Ed and Summer School Program Director Dr. Renee Lacey, six of the event’s graduates can bask in the knowledge that their achievements earned them a boost toward their future educational goals.
The recipient of the Dr. Renee H. Lacy $1,000 Scholarship is:
- Giovanni Medina, 2019 graduate of Stonewall Jackson High School by way of Independence Nontraditional School. Medina will attend Northern Virginia Community College in the fall with the goal of transferring to a four-year college to acquire a degree in information technology or computer science.
Recipients of the Dr. Renee H. Lacy $200 Scholarships are:
- Rabee Azimi, Gar-Field High School
- Savanah (Sebastian) Blevins, Stonewall Jackson High School
- Ethan Hubbard, Brentsville District High School
- Deniss Saldivar, Stonewall Jackson High School
- Kelly Switzer, Potomac High School