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On May 30, 2008, nineteen students from the San Marcos CISD Pathfinder Learning Center earned their diplomas and walked the stage at the San Marcos High School Performing Arts Center.

By IRIS CAMPBELL
Public Information Director – San Marcos CISD

Graduates were: (left to right)

Sitting front row: Crystal Garcia, Rebecca DeLosSantos, Saleena Ramirez, Amanda Martinez, Sara Olivares

Standing: Mariah Banda, Daniel Stringer, Amber Roldan, Ryan Gutierrez, Bryan Gil, Jerry Bustamante, Leon Narvaiz, Christina Coker, and Alexis Robles

Not pictured: Carlos Alvizo, Chris Chagoya, Miguel DeLosSantos, Anthony Derrick, Lauren Welsh

Photos by: Linda Contreras

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0 thoughts on “Pathfinder Graduation – May 30th

  1. Again, bravo! 19 more students that didn’t graduate from high school and are being enabled to “succeed” by subverting the system. Add this to the students graduating from PRIDE and you’ve got a boatload of people who couldn’t cut it. I find it interesting to think that these folks couldn’t cut it in schoo, yet they’re still being awarded the diploma from San Marcos High that the other high school students worked so hard for. BS!

  2. Must everyone conform to a “standardized” system? Individuality and uniqueness is what makes our world great and America even greater. It is great that our school district has programs available to help advance our youth. These young adults have met the “standardized” requirements that each graduate of San Marcos High School must meet to graduate, as determined by the State of Texas. Nothing should be taken away from their success. We as a community have fulfilled our responsibility to allow each of these young adults the credentials to get ahead in life.

    Teddy Roosevelt is quoted to have said “I care not what others think of what I do, but I care very much about what I think of what I do! That is character!” In agreement with the former President of the United States of America, I believe in what these young adults have done and congratulate them on this “once in a life time accomplishment.” Godspeed to each of you, congratulations and good luck.

  3. Someone must have been treated unfairly in life because for some reason you feel cheated that these students decided to reach beyond and succeed despite the challenges they faced.

    Congratulations to these students who did NOT give up.

  4. BS? Hardly.

    The truth is people simply learn things differently and success in school tends to be a poor indicator of success in the “real world”, especially given our standardized test happy education system that speaks nothing to actual intelligence or ability. The easy thing to do, something a loser would do, is succumb and not even put forth the effort to get as far as they did. Not only do I celebrate their achievements but I applaud the program in general.

    And not for nothing here Amy but those were some very lowbrow, low class remarks; and about high school kids no less. You don’t know them or their respective situations. You might “think” you know, but you really don’t. So why be vindictive? Can’t we just celebrate the accomplishment and be, you know, polite?

  5. I feel only pride and hope when young people (or any persons) complete school. Everyone benefits. Here’s to a bright future for these 19 students.

  6. I echo the sentiments of everyone who has applauded these young adults’ efforts.

    These type of accomplishments should be shouted from the rooftops. Way to go Pathfinders!!

    In fact, anyone setting out to accomplish a goal and following through, should be applauded – even if that goal is something as simple as striving to be more supportive of the achievement of others.

  7. I agree.

    The fact that large numbers of our students are not able to graduate through traditional channels (and many not at all), that is a shortcoming in the school system which continues to under-serve too many kids in our city.

    It sounds like the Pathfinder program is intended to address these shortcomings and if so, that is a good thing. According to the SMCISD website, the program is intended to get them to graduate and continue on to post-secondary education.

    The schools need help, there is no question in my mind, but this looks like a positive (albeit small, given the dropout rate) step.

    Regardless of the merits of the program or the problems with the schools, these graduates are to be applauded for persevering and completing their high school education. As someone who took more than 5 years to finish and knowing people who have had to go back years later to finish, I know that the challenges for some can be extraordinary and those challenges can extend well beyond mere difficulties in mastering a few core subjects well enough to pass a standardized test or two.

    Amy, I would encourage you to continue to demand better, but your frustration should be directed at our failing school system, not the handful of at-risk students who managed to make it through, regardless of the path they took.

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