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SLHS graduates 198 families from ASU’s spring American Dream Academy, topping 400 families for the year

San Luis High School added 198 more graduates to those completing Arizona State University’s American Dream Academy, bringing their total for two semesters to 407 overall.

The total number of graduates between fall and spring semester is one of the highest totals in the state.

Upon graduation, students will receive $500 if they decide to attend Arizona Western College, or $4,000 if they attend ASU. The eight-week program provides families with the tools and confidence to join forces with schools and communities to make sure children have successful academic careers and prepare for the university experience. Graduation from this program requires 100 percent involvement of both parents and students. The academy culminates in a graduation ceremony for the parents and students.

The spring graduation ceremony on Tuesday, May 7 included SLHS alumni Nathalia Flores as the Keynote Speaker. Flores began her college career in Business Marketing as a student of the W.P. Carey School of Business at ASU. As a sophomore, she served as Marketing Director for the Hispanic Business Student Association. In addition to maintaining a high academic standard, she has also served as a student worker for Access ASU Sparks Team. In 2018 Flores was awarded the First-Generation Innovator Award by ASU for launching her own project called Next Generation. This project seeks to inform, inspire and empower youth around Arizona to increase awareness and opportunities in higher education, specifically targeting students in San Luis, Ariz. Next semester, her senior year at ASU, Flores will be studying international business in Barcelona, Spain. 

In November 2018, SLHS graduated 209 families.

Adrianne Wagner