Caps, Gowns and Tassels in the Capitol City

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June 6, 2013 For some students, graduation is a given, but for others, it takes a different type of school environment and dedicated teachers to help a student earn a diploma. On May 30, families of students graduating from Heritage Peak Charter School filled the Scottish Rite Center in Sacramento. One HP graduate, with dreams of becoming a pilot, was awarded an Air Force scholarship, earned his Associates Degree in aeronautics at Solano Community College and was training for his pilot's license while earning his high school diploma. In the audience, a toddler watched as her mom crossed the stage in her cap and gown. Though they have very different needs, both of these students found success in an independent study high school.

A few days later, on June 2, at the graduation ceremony for Sacramento Academic & Vocational Academy (SAVA), several students speakers expressed gratitude for the support they received from teachers and the difference it made in their lives. Student shared their struggles at other local high schools - falling in with the wrong crowd, spending time with friends, ignoring school, getting pregnant. SAVA was their last hope. One graduate, Gregory Anderson Lewis, publicly thanked his teacher, Tim Sprinkles, for being there for him and for setting high standards that forced him to take school seriously. Princess Hughes was awarded the Bishop Johnny G. Sample Memorial award for her service to the Del Paso Heights community and her goal to become a teacher. Sacramento's Memorial Auditorium filled with cheers for these graduates, some who never thought they would earn their high school diploma. At CCSA, we cheer for schools who offer high quality programs that meet the needs of students who don't fit into the traditional school model! Bravo graduates! Bravo Heritage Peak and SAVA!