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Middle College High School Class of 2019 keeps raising the bar

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Middle College High School Class of 2019 keeps raising the bar

A photograph of the Santa Ana College Cap and Gown  of 2019.

A photograph of the Santa Ana College Cap and Gown of 2019.

Pilar Villareal

A photograph of the Santa Ana College Cap and Gown of 2019.

Pilar Villareal

Pilar Villareal

A photograph of the Santa Ana College Cap and Gown of 2019.

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Every year, Middle College students seem to reach new levels of success. This year, Middle College seniors are graduating with the most associate degrees the school has seen students achieve. This means students are going beyond accomplishing the 60 units required and taking more classes. Of course, accomplishing all of this is beneficial for the students and the school, but what motivates the students?

Mr. Voight, principal at Middle College, states that only about 37 seniors obtained their AA degrees last year. This year, 61 students will be obtaining their associate degrees. That’s almost the double amount of students compared to last year. When asked what he believed motivated students, Mr. Voight answered,” I believe students are starting to become aware of just how competitive college acceptances are getting. Students are understanding that they need to do more to become more appealing.”

Mr. Voight also goes on to say that when students see how poorly previous classes have performed, they are motivated to pursue more. Of course, he is ecstatic and proud for the huge accomplishment this senior class has done.

Ana Gonzalez, senior at Middle College, will be obtaining two associate degrees this year as well as a Pathway to Law certificate. Gonzalez states, “There is a competitive atmosphere between students about how many degrees they are getting. That has inspired me to achieve more. My parents did not have all the educational opportunities I have now, so they are also big motivators in my journey.”

Gonzalez also goes on to explain that students are now taking more advantage of SAC resources.

Senior Jacqueline Hernandez will be obtaining three associate degrees. She states that her drive was not to obtain multiple AA’s, but simply to take as many career-oriented courses as possible. When asked what she thought about being the most AA achieving class she said, “I’m doing it for myself; I wouldn’t want to compare myself for other classes. I feel we can all do it.”

Students benefit from obtaining their AA in multiple ways. They get a head start by finishing their general education requirements early. Students are exposed to more career-oriented classes and get certainty that the path they are following is something they are passionate about. For many majors, obtaining an AA also offers the certification jobs require. There are actually people that come back to obtain their associates degree after getting their bachelor’s for this purpose.  

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4 Responses to “Middle College High School Class of 2019 keeps raising the bar”

  1. Robert Ayala on April 26th, 2019 12:12 pm

    Although I may have only been here for one complete year and an almost complete second, I must say the atmosphere from the Seniors feel different. They are more dedicated and helpful in good ways. They seem to have their eyes set to the horizon and I can only hope it will be the same for future classes.

  2. Alexandra Quinones on April 26th, 2019 12:14 pm

    It is good to hear that everyone is trying their best in the academic opportunities we are offered, considering college admittance gets more and more competitive every year. That being said, it is nice to know that I don’t have to feel like I am competing with my peers and friends when it comes to how many AA’s we individually receive.

  3. Ethan Kolenyi on April 26th, 2019 12:14 pm

    I think it is great that the bar is being set higher! This should motivate students to work harder and become more successful.

  4. Hailey Gomez on April 26th, 2019 12:20 pm

    Congratulations to the class of 2019!

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