Advance Academy seniors graduate with scholarships

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Jun. 10—HENDERSON — Five of the 42 seniors of Advance Academy's Class of 2022 received scholarships at their graduation ceremony on Friday.

"The scholarship process is competitive and rigorous," Courtney Tenbosch said. "Students must meet GPA standards, demonstrate commitment to personal development, graduation goals, have solid school attendance and write an essay."

Tenbosch is vice president of academy operations for Graduation Alliance, which awards scholarships to students each year. Four seniors: Amarion Cooper, Shaniyah Perry, Christian Richardson and Adriana Morado — received $1,250 scholarships towards applying for a college or trade school. Nicholas Harris received a $1,000 P.A.S.S.A.G.E Foundation scholarship to go towards textbooks.

"Many of our scholars overcame personal challenges but stayed focused through them all to meet the expectations for graduation," Principal Cyrus Waters said. "Administration and staff are very proud of our scholars."

Assistant Principal LaShonda Mellette introduced the Rose Ceremony by quoting Canadian author and philosopher Matshona Dhliwayo.

"Roses do not bloom hurriedly, for beauty, like any masterpiece, takes time to blossom," Mellette said.

Each student was given a rose, which they handed out to somebody they felt most impacted their development as a student.

"Please know and understand that there aren't enough roses to thank and pay tribute to all of you who are deserving of this honor, but know that you are all appreciated," Mellette said. "Thank you for all that you have done to help these graduates."