Eight Cass Career Center students have received the High Schools That Work Award of Educational Achievement. The Southern Regional Education Board gives this award to high school seniors who have completed a challenging program of study and demonstrated readiness for employment and for college. Each testing cycle, every other year, 60 students are chosen at random to sit for the challenging exams. Award recipients for 2014 are Kaitlin Fifer, Christen Leipham, Kendall Mahoney, Blake Nichols, Madeline Ponder, Kasey Roberson, Bailey Romi and Ashlie Spring-Strunk.
The Southern Regional Education Board is a multi-state compact for education, founded in 1948.
Students qualify for the award by completing a challenging course of study in at least two of three subject areas, English/language arts, mathematics or science; completing a concentration in a career-technical area, mathematics/science or the humanities; and meeting readiness goals in all three subject areas, reading, mathematics and science, of the HSTW Assessment.
“These students are to be commended for their achievements,” Assistant Director of the Career Center Jeanette Miller said. “They have taken a variety of challenging academic and career and technical courses throughout their high school careers, and by doing so, they have increased their likelihood of success in both postsecondary education and the workplace.”
These eight students will be formally recognized at the Cass Career Center awards ceremony at Harrisonville High School on Monday, May 5. At this time, they will receive certificates for their portfolios to commemorate their success.