On June 2, when the graduating class of 67 Riverside High School students walks across the stage to receive their high school diplomas, a group of nine classmates will be looking forward to another milestone – their college graduation. Less than two weeks later on June 14th, these students will receive their Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer degrees from Blue Mountain Community College.
The students are Ruby Barrera, Abby Hernandez, Kevin Madrigal, Misael Madrigal, Fabian Meza, Luis Olvera, Daniel Rodriguez, Brock Rosen and Andrew Sorensen.
At Riverside, there are 15 college courses offered for a possible total of 55 credits that a high school student can earn. Through partnerships with BMCC’s Early College Credit department, the BMCC Workforce Training Center in Boardman and support of administrators and teachers, many Riverside students are earning college credits. This year, ninth through 12th graders at Riverside will earn 1,788 college credits, including 341 credits by seniors. Over the last four school years, the senior class of 2018 has earned 1,351 credits, translating into 15 of them who have earned more than one year’s worth of college credit.
But these are just numbers – when you meet the nine students who have worked so hard to get here, their drive, ambition and intellect shine through. For the majority, they will be the first in their family to graduate from high school and the first to attend college.
To read the entire article about these Riverside students, visit the Riverside Jr/Sr High School website.
Photo Caption: The nine Riverside students pose with Principal David Norton (on left, in back) and Counselor Elizabeth Rosen (far right).