Grand Island Senior High receives national recognition

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Published: Aug. 1, 2022 at 9:48 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Grand Island Senior High School held its State of Academic Meeting on Monday. The school’s Freshman Exploration and Technical Sciences program received the National Career Academy Coalition’s Model Status Award as one of the nation’s top high school programs.

“With gaining national attention for our Freshman Academy as well as our Technical Sciences, we go through a very rigorous process in regard to what courses we are providing for our students; how are we engaging with our business partners, and how our students are excelling,” said Dr. Tawana Grover.

Freshman Exploration is the first all ninth grade academy to receive the honor. Along with the award winning programs GISH offers student academies in Business and Communication, Medical Sciences, and Engineering and Technology.

“I think the academy model is really great because it gives students the opportunity to see what their future will look like,” said Emma Smidt a senior at Grand Island Senior High. “The classes gives us hands-on experience in whatever field we desire to go into.”

The efforts of Grand Island Senior High and GIPS wasn’t done on its own. The voice of Grand Island residents played a major role in making the programs possibly for students and one of the best in only four years.

“That is one of the things I love about Grand Island, in particular Grand Island Public Schools,” Grover said. “We engage with our stakeholders, as superintendent I have a team of 50 key communicators that meet with me on a monthly basis. They are able to engage in two-way dialog. we want to understand what the community needs and how we partner those needs from an education side.”

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