AVEC celebrates 170 "Warrior Strong" graduates

AVEC celebrates 170 "Warrior Strong" graduates
Posted on 05/27/2021
This is the image for the news article titled AVEC celebrates 170 "Warrior Strong" graduatesAshley Valley Education Center celebrated the 170 graduates from its Class of 2021 on Thursday night in a drive-in ceremony held in the school's parking lot.

AVEC held its first drive-in graduation ceremony last year due to the pandemic and decided to make it a tradition based on its popularity with students and staff.

Principal Andy McKea praised the graduates for embracing this year's theme: Warrior Strong. The students demonstrated discipline, honor, courage, integrity, commitment, bravery, focus, resilience and grit to achieve their goals, McKea said.

"To be Warrior Strong is a big commitment in one's life," she said. "Because you are here today, you have proven you are Warrior Strong."

McKea also praised the students' family members, friends and teachers for their willingness to stand by the graduates.

"These people are your support group," McKea told the graduates, encouraging them to live without regrets, be true to themselves, do good for others, and maintain a positive mindset.

During the 2020-21 school year, AVEC served 2,541 students on campus, online and through its Youth in Custody, Adult Education, and Night School programs. Uintah Online, the district's online K-8 school, served 1,017 students alone.

Ashley Valley High School served 816 students this year, with 116 students graduating. Another 54 students graduated from the Adult Education program.

On Friday, 104 of the 436 Uintah High students walking at commencement will be AVEC graduates. More than 300 members of Uintah High's Class of 2021 took one class or more from AVEC during their academic careers, earning the right to wear a purple and white cord with their cap and gown.

To view and download high-resolution photos from AVEC's graduation ceremony visit https://flic.kr/s/aHsmVP3Ww1
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