OSD Celebrates Second Class of AVID Graduates

Oxford High School AVID Class of 2022 pictured during a university visit.

The Oxford School District’s Advancement Via Individual Determination program celebrates its second class of graduates.

AVID is a college preparation program designed to prepare students for admission to four-year colleges and universities and to prepare them for a global society.

The AVID Class of 2022 has been accepted to over 23 different junior colleges, private colleges, and public universities across the south. Over $100,000 in scholarships and grants have been awarded to this year’s AVID graduates to attend college.

This year’s graduates are Kirsten Booker, Kalvia Caldwell, Gray Cassidy, LaKendra Corothers, Jazlynn Dunn, Jacquez Elliott, Jamal Giles, Kaitlyn Heard, Kiera Hilliard, Kallie Moore, Fredrick Netterville, Laila Owens, Madison Thompson, Xyland Tyson, Mario Urbina and Gabriel Zinn.

Of the 16 AVID students, six are going to four-year colleges, six are going to community college, two are joining the military, one has earned a fully paid scholarship to BaseCamp Coding Academy in Water Valley, and one is preparing get his commercial driver’s license.

The AVID Class of 2022 has completed four years of community service with the Pack the Police Car canned food drive. AVID students participate in numerous university visits during their four years, including Delta State University, Northwest MS Community College, Northeast MS Community College, Mississippi State University, Holmes Community College, and the University of Memphis. The AVID Class of 2022 participated in team building activities at Camp Hopewell during their junior year to learn how to build trust with their classmates and work as a cohesive group to achieve their goals.

AVID begins at Oxford Intermediate School with a school-wide approach to the AVID mission and aligns with the district’s Portrait of a Graduate. Once students leave OIS, they have the option of joining the AVID elective in grades 7-12. Students must maintain a certain GPA, have teacher recommendations, have good academic attendance, and have no behavioral issues to be interviewed for the program.

Once accepted, students complete two years of AVID at WHO to learn organizational skills, begin academic and professional research, learn to communicate effectively, learn to work with others, and more. Then, OMS students take AVID for four years at OHS as a credited class.

Students learn ways to successfully navigate life outside of high school, whether in college, the military, or the job market. Students learn about colleges across the United States, have guest speakers from different careers, and research careers that best match their personality and what they want to do.

“Our AVID teachers Jackie Leopard Jones, Brandi Kay and Lauren Lauzon have taken our program to new heights. Their leadership has played a major role in growing our program into being,” said Marilyn Barnes, Director of AVID.

A well-developed AVID program improves school-wide standardized test scores, rigorous course enrollments, and the number of students attending college. It has a proven track record of bringing out the best in students and closing the achievement gap. AVID works in nearly 4,900 schools in 46 states as well as the District of Columbia and 16 countries/territories.

Courtesy of OSD

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