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14 Bradshaw High AVID students to attend college, 7 earn scholarships

Half of the graduating seniors in the Bradshaw Mountain High School AVID program wound up with scholarships that total more than $200,000 over four years.

The Advancement Via Individual Achievement program targets students who are performing in the middle, or average, academic range, but are falling short of their potential. They may be the first in their families to attend college. In the case of Travis Davis, he is the first in his family to graduate high school - and was the BMHS Student Body president for 2010-2011.

This is the first AVID class to graduate after participating all four years of high school, having entered the program in their freshman year, said AVID instructor Randi Simon. All 14 students are going on to higher education.

Travis and Jessica Stillson will attend Northern Arizona University, and neither one will incur any debt, she said. Both managed to acquire government grants, scholarships and admission in a work-study program that will help pay their way through school.

AVID teachers provide students with techniques and academic support to become a successful student, finish high school, and seek scholarships for college or technical school.

"These kids put in the work for four years - they did their homework, studied for tests, took their SATs and ACTs, and worked twice a week, every week for four years in the AVID program," Simon said. "None of these kids slacked off and still earned a scholarship. But not every kid will end up with a full ride."

Next year's senior AVID students number 38, a "really strong class," according to Simon. The district has recently implemented the AVID program in the middle schools.

"I hope they continue all the way through," Simon said.

The seven students receiving scholarships are:

Kenny Davis earned a $4,000 University Scholarship to Northern Arizona University, renewable for four years.

Travis Davis received a $2,500 Merit Scholarship to NAU, renewable for four years; and a $6,000 Dean's Scholarship to Grand Canyon University, renewable for four years.

Jeff Orsburn received a $10,000 Young Life Scholarship and a $4,000 Christian Studies Scholarship, both renewable for four years; a $1,000 Freshmen Scholarship; and a $1,250 Prescott Sunrise Lions scholarship.

Danielle Parker received an $8,000 Dean's Scholarship to Grand Canyon University, renewable for four years.

Brenda Saucedo earned a $13,500 scholarship to DeVry University, renewable for four years.

Jessica Stillson earned a $1,000 Early Birds Lions and a $1,000 Rotary Sun-up scholarship; and a $500 University Scholarship to Northern Arizona University, renewable for four years.

Anthony Suarez received a $2,000 Dean's Scholarship to Grand Canyon University, renewable for four years.

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