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Student Award Winners Shine in CIS End-of-Year Events

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Spring is a BUSY but JOYFUL time for CIS students, families and staff!  All of our programming teams take great pleasure and pride in planning end-of-year events to recognize their students who have excelled and/or made great improvement in academics, attendance, citizenship, and leadership.  Parents and guests attending the events were duly impressed with the creativity and execution of the programs - but most importantly, they were impressed with the caliber and accomplishments of the students!  We wish we could uplift ALL of the 6,500+ students CIS worked with this school year, but we are still proud to highlight those who received the top "overall" award in their respective CIS program division. CONGRATS to ALL students and staff for a great conclusion to the 2012-13 school year!

Click here to view our Photo Album of High School Graduations on our Facebook page!


Destiny Parker, CIS Senior Leadership Award Winner

The Leadership Award goes to a CIS senior who exhibits excellence in Leadership and Academics. The student must have a minimum 3.0 GPA, meet grade level goals and expectations, have less than 5 absences, be an active participant in CIS learning/leadership activities, and be accepted to a 4 year college/university. Destiny Parker, a CIS graduate from Olympic High School, met all these requirements and more. Destiny was active in Student Government, and was a member of the National Honor Society, the BETA Club, the Step Team, the Varsity Track Team, and Olympic's Choir group. She also served as a teacher assistant and tutored other students through the Senior Mentor Group at Olympic. Destiny graduated with a 3.8 GPA and will attend George Mason University in the fall.



Bryce McAuley with S Neely and J WilliamsBryce MacAuley, Project LIFT Team's "This Kid Rocks!" Award Winner
Bryce MacAuley, an 8th grader at Ashley Park Academy, was the winner of the first-ever "This Kid Rocks!" Award, presented by CIS' Project LIFT Team to the top 8th grade student among all the 8th graders in CIS in the Project LIFT Zone schools. Congratulations, Bryce!

Check out this video of the "This Kid Rocks!" event - FUN!

Dana Polson, 5th grader at Shamrock Gardens Elementary


Dana Polson, CIS Elementary Schools Team
Dana Polson, a 5th grade graduate of Shamrock Gardens Elementary School, is this year's top "Student of the Year" Award Winner among all 5th grade students enrolled in CIS Elementary School sites. Lisa Carter, Dana's CIS Site Coordinator at Shamrock Gardens, states, "Dana is a bright young lady who experienced challenging life circumstances that could have drastically changed the course of her life. This year, Dana worked really hard to change her outlook on life. She is striving to accomplish personal and academic goals in hopes of graduating high school and college. Great job, Dana!!"


Heather CauthenHeather Cauthen, R.I.S.E. Scholarship Award Winner
The R.I.S.E Scholarship is a $1,000 scholarship awarded annually to a member of the Safe Journey R.I.S.E ("Reaching Individual Success through Collective Efforts") Leadership Team. Candidates must be seniors in high school with plans to attend a four-year college or university. The recipient is selected based on her dedicated participation in Safe Journey/APP programming, academic performance, letters of recommendation from school and community partners, and her personal statement. This year’s R.I.S.E Scholarship recipient is Heather Cauthen. Heather is a CIS/Safe Journey graduate from Philip O. Berry High School and will attend Gardner-Webb University in the fall.  Read more about Heather at this "Success Stories" link on our website.

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