Well, seniors, we did it. We’re almost done. But before we can shrug into our gown and adorn our cap and tassel, we still have a few more weeks to go. Cue the exasperated groans.
Many students at school will tell you all sorts of notions about tardies and absences like, how they can affect you, what they mean, and if they matter. Attendance, if neglected, can cause problems for a student's high school career. Students put credits, graduation, and even college on the line, when their attendance has too many tardies/absences.
With second semester just around the corner, applying to college becomes a stressing thought for some seniors. As the admissions requirements become increasingly more stringent, simply having good grades may not be enough to gain acceptance into your dream college.
At the end of their junior year, soon-to-be seniors excitedly fill out their course cards, in anticipation to finally graduate - and that’s when they realize they might be missing some needed credits.
They’re still among us, mingling with the population of doers or have-done-ers, the kids that never did (and won’t) get class or school or homework quite figured out.
With a subject line simply stating “Seniors Not Graduating”, an email was sent out on Friday, April 17 in which Mehlbrech reminded seniors that in order to receive a high school diploma, students must uphold a 90% attendance rate according to Texas' Compulsory Attendance Law. In addition, Mehlbrech also requested parent’s help in order to have as many seniors as possible graduate this year.
Graduation is just around the corner, and after you walk that stage its kumbaya to the current crew. So what comes next? For some it’s an independent road but for others it’s a transition to some of the most well renowned Greek sororities and fraternities Universities have to offer.
With the countdown to graduation on, it’s almost time to recognize the students who are summa, magna, and cum laude graduates. However, in the midst of all of these students lies the individual who has the highest rank out of the graduating class. According to NEISD board policy E.I.C. (Local), the student who is the highest ranking graduate is not individually recognized. Instead, this student is identified solely based on their weighted grade average, or WGA.
Tears fill her eyes as she remembers the sixth grader who picked up the instrument for the first time, the freshman at her first marching band rehearsal, and the senior walking the stage at graduation. Senior Sarah Rodriguez takes one last look before closing the case, for what could be the last time.