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DHS alum touts AVID success
Hector Magno Gonzalez speaks to El Mirage students about AVIDHector Magno Gonzalez visited El Mirage Elementary School seventh and eighth grade students to share his experience with Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) and how his participation in the program provided opportunities for a bright future.  Hector first became involved with AVID in his eighth grade year and continued the program at Dysart High School through graduation in 2014.

“AVID set the foundation for success,” said  Magno Gonzalez. “I became motivated, I learned how to take notes (and) how to stay organized - the skills I learned with AVID I use in college everyday.”  
Hector is a first generation college student who attended Arizona State University and transferred to the University of Oregon where he currently is double majoring in International Relations and Law, Crime, and Society. He received several scholarships including the Gates Millennium Scholarship (GMS) and plans to attend graduate school next year.

“We are so thankful that Hector came to visit and speak to our students,” said El Mirage Elementary Principal Stephanie Scott. “His story is inspiring. He took AVID seriously and it is our hope that our students do the same because we feel all of our students are college-bound.”

El Mirage Elementary School is starting its first year of the AVID program and is working to empower current students to fulfill their potential like Hector.

AVID, an international program to increase student performance, is for students who are capable of completing the most rigorous curriculum but are falling short of achieving their academic potential. AVID elementary students learn about organization, study skills, communication, and self-advocacy. They take structured notes and answer and ask high-level questions that go beyond routine answers. At the high school level, the AVID elective provides academic instruction and support to prepare students for eligibility and success at a four-year college or university. AVID topics include: note-taking, study skills, test taking, time management, college exam preparation, critical reading skills, inquiry and collaboration. The AVID program is only offered to those students who meet specific criteria and who are selected through an application and interview process. AVID is also offered at Valley Vista and Dysart high schools.
Posted : 8/28/2018 | Direct Link
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