AVID Hosts Senior Farewell Celebration
AVID will hold its annual senior farewell on May 10 in New Town High School’s auditorium.
“The purpose of the AVID Senior Farewell is to honor and recognize the achievements of the AVID seniors,” says Mrs. Cathirell, AVID 10 teacher. “The reason why we make a big deal about it is because these children have committed four years to the AVID program and it is necessary to honor them.”
Every year during the event, accolades and awards are bestowed on seniors for outstanding secondary school performance. During the program, the achievements and growth of each senior over the course of their time in AVID is highlighted.
“It was interesting and fun,” says Taylor Smith, junior, talking about last year’s event. “I loved when they compared the seniors to board games. I can’t wait to see what game I’m compared to.”
Also, this year, the winner of the AVID House Competition will be announced. In the beginning of the year, AVID students were grouped into four different houses based on their personality, habits, performance and other factors. Each House competes to accumulate the most points. Students earn points by doing well in their classes, attending coach class and improving academically.
“Men sharpen men like steel sharpens steel is a quote I think of when I think about the House competition,” said Jason Gilbert, senior. “This type of healthy competition, created by Ms. Grosser and Mr. Carney, helped push our AVID students to succeed.”
AVID stands for Achievement Via Individual Determination is a college readiness system for elementary through postsecondary that is designed to increase school-wide learning and performance.
The purpose of New Town’s AVID program, says Mrs. Cathirell, is to “take what data deems as the average student and push them to excel in high school by taking rigorous courses, but the ultimate goal is to push our students to attend a four year university after high school.”
Jaelen Churchill, freshman, said, “You get to learn good study skills and prepare for college,” she says.
Prosper Odilatu, senior, said, “I learned a lot of things.”
AVID seniors are currently looking forward to the event. “It’s be the best because we have the best AVID class we’ve ever had,” said Gibert. “I’m looking forward to the last chance I have to spend with my peers and mentors.”
The AVID Senior Farewell will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
AVID students are encouraged to proudly wear their house colors and to invite family and friends. The entire school is invited and refreshments will be served.