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Weddington High recognized for graduation rate

Weddington High School was recognized during a luncheon in Raleigh Monday (September 8, 2008) and received a plaque from the State Superintendent June Atkinson. Pictured, from left, are UCPS Superintendent Dr. Ed Davis, Weddington High School principal Brad Breedlove, and state superintendent June Atkinson and Union County Board of Education chairman Dean Arp.

During the kick-off to Graduation Awareness Week held in Raleigh on Monday, September 7, 2008, Weddington High School was recognized as having the highest graduation rate of any high school in the state in the 400- to 499-student four-year cohort group.

This means that 93.3 percent of students who began the ninth grade at Weddington High in 2004, graduated with a diploma within four years. The statewide cohort graduation rate for 2008 graduates was 70 percent, a rate that has improved slightly since 2006 when the state first reported a four-year cohort.

Weddington High School principal Brad Breedlove thanked all individuals who played a role in the school receiving the award, especially the students who committed themselves to graduating.

“This award is testimony to the hard work of our students, staff, and parents, and their commitment to finish what they started four years ago,” Breedlove said. “As a school, we are very fortunate to have stakeholders that support the success of our students and are willing to put forth the effort to help showcase the talent that our students possess.”

Breedlove, UCPS Superintendent Ed Davis and Union County Board of Education Chairman Dean Arp attended a recognition luncheon in Raleigh Monday (September 8, 2008) to receive a plaque from the State Superintendent June Atkinson.

Davis said Weddington High School is exemplary of the effort systemwide to improve high school graduation numbers.

“I appreciate Weddington High School for its outstanding achievements,” Davis said. “I know that all of our high schools are working hard toward improving our graduation rate. We certainly want to make it our goal to have 100 percent of our students in every high school graduate. This will take a lot of hard work on the part of teachers, counselors, administrators, parents and students. Graduation from high school must be taken seriously because students will not be successful with anything less.”

Atkinson also used the recognition luncheon as a kickoff event for Graduation Awareness Week, September 7-13 established by the North Carolina State Board of Education and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.

The awards ceremony recognized 10 school districts and 17 high schools with high graduation rates. In addition to this, key leaders representing education associations, community groups, business and industry and the faith-based community signed a Call to Action and pledged to work throughout North Carolina to raise awareness of the importance of high school graduation. A web site, www.ncpublicschools.org/graduate has been launched to provide information resources on the topic.


Written by: Luan Ingram, Chief Communications Officer
Posted: Sep 09, 2008 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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