Western High Schools students celebrate more than just graduation

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by Brooke Katz

WHAS11.com

Posted on May 30, 2012 at 6:19 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 30 at 6:20 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- High school seniors are preparing for the next chapter of their lives as they walk in graduations to receive their diplomas. For the seniors at staff at Western High School here in Louisville, it’s even more of an accomplishment.

Principal David Mike has had his work cut out for him. When he came to Western four years ago, it was at the bottom of the district achievement-wise. Since then, major changes have led to major results.

“Five years ago the students at Western High School were out of control,” Mike told WHAS11 News. “Now they are college bound and college ready.”

With hard work, the school has moved from having a five percent proficiency score in math to a 45 percent. They’ve moved from the teens in reading proficiency to 75 percent.

“They really appreciated that someone came in and was able to give them some encouragement that they did have a future and they weren’t just going to hang out anymore,” said Mike. “We weren’t going to allow them to just drop out.”

As the students get ready to walk across the stage, Mike says he hopes they will eventually come back to their roots and share their success story with future students.

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