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A Local High School Is Seeing An Increase In Graduation Rate

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By Andrew Reed

Rupert, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV) Graduation is just weeks away for high school students, nationwide graduation rates are a concern.

However, staff at a local school say, more students are graduating than ever before.

Kazzandra Vazquez and Katherine Alverson are best friends. They’re counting down the days until graduation, both plan to attend the college of southern idaho.

"I'm so excited and ready to be done; it's been a fun four years. You come to that point when you're ready to go to college and move on and see what else is in store for you” said Katherine Alverson, Minico High School.

The duo is part of the first graduating class responsible for taking additional math credits and completing a senior project.

Teachers begin working with student’s junior year to be sure they meet all the requirements to receive a diploma.

"We were really pleased with our graduation rate last year, we were at 94.5%, and the state goal is 90%. Over the course of the past three years we've increased that percentage by three or four percent” said Principal Suzette Miller, Minico High School.

There are 200-seniors for the graduating class of 2013, one of the smallest senior classes Minico High School has had in past years.

"People think it's going through graduation and its four years. No, there is so much work and effort to put in to get where you are, like me today” said Kazzandra Vazquez, Minico High School.

Two students who are ready to succeed in "the real world."



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