"I hereby proclaim June 2, 2014 as Greenwich High School Class of 2014 AVID Day," First Selectman Peter Tesei said.
Some cheered, some cried, but all were prepared for the future at AVID graduation. The Advancement Via Individual Determination, or AVID, program at Greenwich High School is a four year course for those students in the academic middle who are willing to put in the extra effort.
"We teach all sorts of study skills, critical thinking skills, self advocacy. It's a great program," Greenwich High School AVID 2014 teacher Kenneth Alcorn said.
AVID is funded by the Greenwich Alliance for Education. The Alliance also gives the students a financial reward to spend on books and supplies in college. All 23 students will be attending college in the fall with help from AVID.
"We would do different activities that taught us more about the college process, or what we would be doing once we were in college. We would do different field trips to different colleges," said Shaelyn Daniels, a 2014 AVID graduate.
"We started in August before school started. We had a college workshop and most of us started learning about the common application and FAFSA and everything else way before everybody else so we could get started," said another 2014 graduate Orquidia Moreno.
The students collected an impressive $1.5 million in scholarships. But, to the students, the relationships created through AVID are worth the most.
"We've been through a lot, all of us together," said Daniels.
"I guess it was just meeting some of my closest friends there, and really just being with everyone and seeing us grow together," said Moreno.