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May 31, 2017
STARS Graduation  
STARS Accelerated High School held spring graduation exercises on the evening of May 30, 2017, at Acton Baptist Church.  Twenty-two students received high school diplomas during the ceremony.
Principal Ginna Marks presented the diplomas to the graduates.  Granbury ISD superintendent Dr. James Largent congratulated each student, whose tassel was transferred by school board president Nancy Alana.  Following the awarding of diplomas, the students presented roses to family members, friends, and others that helped them finish their high school education.
Elle Tripp received a scholarship from Hood County Children’s Charities.  Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7835 recognized Kody Ellerman for placing in the post’s Voice of Democracy contest, while the VFW Ladies Auxiliary honored Rush Nabours for his entry in a patriotic art competition.  In addition, Marks honored the church’s Agape Sunday School class with the GISD Superfan Award on behalf of the school district’s Customer Care Team.
The graduates receiving their high school diplomas were:  Lucille Alexandra Anderson, Breanna RayLynn Bearden, Dagon Robert Brewster, Dallas Donavaon Collins, Kody Lee Ellerman, Trey James Freeman, Aliyah Lynn Gonzales, Ashlin Renee Holdridge, Jackson Pierce Jefferson, Tristyn Morgan Jones, Mya Anmarie Kern, Amanda Jane Lane, Mallory Dawn Martin, Taelor Danielle Meek, Millacent Kate Miller, Rush Allen Nabours, Lacie Richelle Pool, Jessica Lynn Reznicek, Jonathan Dolin Rook, Elle Suzanne Tripp, Makayla Marie Turner, Jewel Inez Weaver.
A reception following the ceremony was hosted by the church’s Agape Sunday School class.
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.