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Ascension and RPCC Graduating First Class of Early College Option Program


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 10, 2017
CONTACT: Jackie Tisdell, 225-210-7567
or Jackie.Tisdell@apsb.org

Ascension and RPCC Graduating First Class of Early College Option Program 

Students Earning High School Diplomas & Associate's Degrees
Gonzales, La. – History will be made this May as the very first class graduates from Ascension Public Schools' and River Parishes Community College's (RPCC) Early College Option program. Twenty-one students spent the last four years taking high school and college classes so they can earn both a high school diploma and an associate's degree.

"Congratulations to our trailblazing Early College Option graduating class. Their commitment to this program four years ago and hard work is resulting in dual degrees that will give them a huge start in their college or work pursuits," said Superintendent David Alexander. "They have inspired many more students who are taking full advantage of our partnership with RPCC. Great things are happening in Ascension Parish!"

 
The program began in 2012 modeled after the Early College Academy program in Lafayette. Students must enter the program as freshmen. In Ascension, students remain enrolled at their home schools while they attend classes on the RPCC campus. This allows them to participate in extracurricular activities at the traditional high schools while accelerating their academic pursuits.

Enrollment grew from 30 to 288 in its first four years and will likely exceed 350 by Fall 2017. Click here or on the image to hear from each of the 21 graduates about their experiences in the program.

“We’re proud of our first Early College graduates. What they have done is remarkable,” said Dale Doty, Chancellor of RPCC. “They haven’t just completed both a high school diploma and college degree at the same time, they’ve paved the way for countless future graduates to follow. They just made history. We look forward to many more Early College graduates."

Each graduate will be able to participate in both their high school commencement exercises and RPCC's graduation at Lamar Dixon on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. Below are the names of the 21 graduates listed by their high school.

DONALDSONVILLE HIGH SCHOOL
7 p.m. Commencement on Friday, May 12, 2017 at Floyd Boutte Memorial Stadium

  • Ty'Janay Brewer
  • Andrianna Green
  • Tamiko Stroud
DUTCHTOWN HIGH SCHOOL
7 p.m. Commencement on Friday, May 12, 2017 at Griffin Field
  • Clay Benedict
  • Katlyn Brown
  • Kaileigh Hebert
  • Angelle Kaltakjian
  • Blaine Perret
EAST ASCENSION HIGH SCHOOL
7 p.m. Commencement on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at Spartan Stadium
  • Clay Lambright
  • Hannah Pike
  • Lexie Vass
  • Taylor Williams
  • Monica Zapien
ST. AMANT HIGH SCHOOL
7 p.m. Commencement on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at "The Pit"
  • Sarah Achord
  • Taylor Cann
  • Connor LeJeune
  • Caroline Melancon
  • Jillian Parks
  • Jessica Rusk
  • Sabria Simon
  • Story Thames
For more information about the Early College Option program, visit www.apsb.org/EarlyCollege.

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Pictured from left (back row): RPCC Chancellor Dale Doty, Clay Lambright, Blaine Perret, Caroline Melancon, Jillian Parks, Angelle Kaltakjian, Ty'Janay Brewer, Tamiko Stroud, Connor Lejeune, Story Thames and Director of High Schools Lisa Bacala; (middle row): Monica Zapien, Lexie Vass, Clay Benedict, Ascension Public Schools Superintendent David Alexander, Katlyn Brown, Andrianna Green, Hannah Pike, Sarah Achord, Instructional Supervisor Ronda Matthews, St. Amant High counselor Jennifer Kleinpeter; (front row): Taylor Williams, Taylor Cann, Jessica Rusk, ECO Administrator Julian Surla, Sabria Simon, Kaileigh Hebert and Amy Herrington
 
David Alexander
Superintendent



ASCENSION PARISH SCHOOL BOARD
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Patricia Russo

Board President

Taft Kleinpeter
Board Vice President

Robyn Penn Delaney

Scott Duplechein
Julie Blouin
Kerry Diez
John Murphy
Shawn Sevario
Louis Lambert
Troy Gautreau, Sr.
Lorraine Wimberly
ABOUT ASCENSION PUBLIC SCHOOLS: The Ascension Public Schools system is the largest employer in the parish with over 2,800 employees that support 22,000 students in 27 schools.  An A-rated school district since 2011-12, school performance has grown by 69% over the past four years and currently ranks fourth in Louisiana.
 
RECENT AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS:
 
  • G.W. Carver Primary won the prestigious 2017 National TAP Founder's Award
  • Dutchtown Middle student Aubrey Green is a finalist for the 2017 Louisiana Middle School Student of the Year and Dutchtown's Hiba Hasan was the 2016 Louisiana Middle School Student of the Year
  • St. Amant High Principal Mia Edwards is a semifinalist for 2018 Louisiana Principal of the Year
  • Ascension Public Schools earned the Government Finance Officers Association's (GFOA) Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the fourth consecutive year. Ascension is one of only two school districts in Louisiana to achieve this honor.
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