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December 15, 2021 

STARS Accelerated High School held fall graduation exercises on December 14, 2021, at Acton Baptist Church.  Eighteen students received high school diplomas during the ceremony.

Principal Margaret Rodriquez presented the diplomas to the graduates.  Granbury ISD superintendent Dr. Jeremy Glenn congratulated each student, whose tassel was transferred by school board president Barbara Townsend.  

Special speaker for the ceremony was Leonor Hernandez, a 2002 STARS graduate who went on to graduate from Texas Christian University and works as a school counselor. 

Following the awarding of diplomas, the students presented flowers to family members, friends, and others that helped them finish their high school education.  A reception was hosted by the church’s Agape Sunday School class. 

The graduates receiving their high school diplomas were:  Abigail Rae Briley, Danica Renae Burnett, Lillie Diane Davis, Joseph Filero Garcia, Priscilla Gutierrez, Megan Sheree Harris, Emily Ann Helton, Israel Miguel Hernandez, Yulisa Hernandez-Espinosa, Jacob Christopher Keays, Clayton Andrew Knapp, Sadie Celestte Lara, Johnathon Lee Morrison, Kenneth Stone Nugent, Joselyn Aysha Puig-Torres, Sadie Lynn Rowlands, Joanna Michelle Tovar, Hudson McKade Wilson. 

An alternative academic high school that is part of GISD, STARS provides an optional setting with flexibility and personalized self-paced courses for high school students whose needs are not met in the traditional school.  The acronym stands for Self-Motivated Teens Achieving Responsibility and Success.  Over one thousand students have graduated from STARS since its founding in 1994. 

Pictured are (left to right): back – Johnathon Morrison, Joseph Garcia, Abigail Briley, Jacob Keays, Clayton Knapp, Sadie Lara, Stone Nugent; front – Joselyn Puig-Torres, Priscilla Gutierrez, Megan Harris, Danica Burnett, Joanna Tovar, Sadie Rowlands, Hudson Wilson, Yulisa Hernandez-Espinosa, Lillie Davis. Not pictured are Emily Helton and Israel Hernandez.