June 7, 2010

STARS Academy held Spring graduation exercises on the evening of June 4, 2010, at Acton United Methodist Church.  51 students received high school diplomas during the ceremony.


Principal Edwin Young presented the diplomas to the graduates.  School board president Dr. Barbara Herrington transferred the tassel for each student, who was also congratulated by superintendent Ron Mayfield and board members Nancy Alana, Charlie Cloud, and Mark Jackson. 


Students participating in the program were Taylor Schmeets and Troy Kintyhtt.  In addition, former GISD administrator Troy Green provided music for the procession and recession of the graduates.


The graduates receiving their high school diplomas were:  Summer Lynn Adams, Gavin Michael Anderson, Filiberto Aquirre, Corina Brittany Barlow, Zackery Michael Blake, Ashley Nicole Bohn, Cameron Alexander Choate, Desiree Ann Cisneros, Jessica Dawn Copeland, Eva Marie Counts, Kyle Gordon Cox, Amber Nicole Crum, Obdulia Marisol Espinoza, Mario Hector Estrada, Gaston Benjamin Garrett III, Holly Danielle Garretson, Casey Eugene Gibson, Larry Clay Grasty Jr., Logan Lane Gray, Cody Neil Greenwood, Zulema Aceneth Grimaldo, Brittany Lee Hambrick, Cassaundra Dominique Hankins-Owens, McKinley Shea Hemphill, Kathryn Elizabeth Hickman, Tyler Bradley Kane, Anthony Ray Keeter, Johnathen Anthony Keys, Troy Porter Kintyhtt, Kayla Jane Kroll, Mason Alan Mansfield, Marcus Aaron Marcy, Ellen Ashleigh Marsh, David William Marshall, Christine Meagan Martin, Reece Edward Miller, Austin Emmett Oriti, Lanell Marie Parker, Alma Rosa Resendiz, Edgar Alejandro Sanchez, Taylor Lynn Schmeets, Frank Lincoln Sharon Jr., Clarissa Lynn Sharp, Keifer Robert Shockey, Zachary Tyler Shook, Christine Varela, Brandie Michelle Warren, Daniel Lee Wayman, Brandon Joshua Whitehead, Cole Jordan Woods, Colin Lee Yant, Lakin Young, and Lindsey Michelle Zachary.


 Students receiving scholarships were:


  • Summer Adams:  Granbury Lions Club
  • Kathryn Hickman:  ATI
  • Rebecca Nedwetzky (December 2009 graduate):  Granbury Optimist Club
  • Camryn Whitfield (December 2009 graduate):  Granbury Woman’s Club, First National Bank

Following the awarding of diplomas, the students presented roses to family members, friends, and others that helped them reach graduation.


A reception following the ceremony was hosted by the Agape Sunday School class from Acton Baptist Church.


An alternative academic high school that is part of Granbury ISD, STARS Academy 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.


37 students received their diplomas at the Fall graduation held in December 2009, bringing the number of graduates for the 2009-10 school year to 81.  Over eight hundred have graduated from STARS Academy since its founding in 1994.

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