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The Leona Group is celebrating 27 high school graduations this year across Arizona, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio. While each school is unique and every graduate has a special story to tell, the combined excitement, energy and sense of purpose is extraordinary and permeates the organization during May and June. In total, Leona schools have graduated more than 1500 seniors this year; many are going on to postsecondary learning or the military. Leona's Class of 2017 has earned nearly $10-million in scholarships and grants.
Sun Valley High School in Arizona held its 20th graduation ceremony in May. Over the past two decades, Sun Valley has graduated over 4,000 students. Their dedicated school leader is Joe Procopio, who celebrated his 20th anniversary with Leona this past year as well.
At Cesar Chavez Academy in Detroit, 100% of its 160-member senior class graduated this spring. Advanced Placement exams were administered to 104 testers taking 170 exams. More than 90% are going on to postsecondary learning. The CCAHS Class of 2017 boasts more than $5.7-million in scholarships this year.
Some additional highlights:
This fall, graduates from the collective Leona Class of 2017 will be found on campus at colleges and universities across the nation. Among them: University of Michigan, Saginaw Valley State University, University of Pennsylvania, Arizona State University, University of Arizona - just to name a few.
Georgia Rodgers, Midwest executive vice president shared, "Across this country, The Leona Group continues to have a tremendous impact in the lives of so many people and their families. I am very proud of who we are. I am very proud of what we do."
Congratulations to each school and every graduate!
Okemos, MI -- The Leona Group honored 23 students from the organization’s high schools in Arizona, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio at its 11th annual Spirit of Leona Awards held at its corporate offices on Thursday, May 11 in Phoenix, AZ and Tuesday, May 16 in Okemos, MI.
The Spirit of Leona Award honors one graduating senior from each high school who has overcome personal adversity and persevered to attain a solid educational foundation.
The award recipients, their sponsors and school leaders, and distinguished guests enjoyed a luncheon and presentation of awards. Students and their sponsors shared their touching stories, bringing to life the truest measure of Leona Group’s success.
East Chicago Urban Enterprise Academy (ECUEA) acknowledges students' great behavior with gleaming results. Every week classes compete for the Golden Spatula celebrating lunchroom etiquette, the Golden Dustpan marking the cleanest classroom, the Golden Hanger observing uniform compliance and the Golden Clock commemorating good attendance. The contests run for both the main building and the modular building at ECUEA campus.
Arizona Business Magazine held its annual Industry Leaders of Arizona Awards on Thurs., Feb. 23; business leaders from across Arizona gathered at the Camelback Golf Club for the event. Among them were The Leona Group's founder and CEO, Dr. William Coats, his colleagues and family.
While Dr. Coats did not expect recognition at the event, he was the very deserving recipient of the Founder's Award, which goes to an individual who has founded a company that has changed its industry in positive ways.
Jody Sarchett, Senior Vice President at Lovitt & Touché, introduced the winner of the Founder's Award "This founder has been operating tuition-free, non-profit charter schools since 1996. This founder believes in providing choices for families whose needs, for whatever reason, are not being met by their traditional district school. This founder’s educational facilities are open to all students, regardless of income, gender, race or religion. This founder is acutely aware of the fiscal and academic challenges that families, communities and educational institutions face today. As a national organization serving nearly 60 schools in five states, this founder’s company has made significant and positive strides toward improving the nation’s educational landscape, especially in high-need urban areas. Please congratulate and welcome the winner of the Founders Award ... Dr. William Coats."
Congratulations to Havasu Prep 6th grade student Demitra S., who has been selected to speak at AVID summer institute in San Diego!
Demetra was selected out of 400 applicants and is one of the first elementary students to be selected. Approximately 3,000 teachers that attend the event.
Kudos to Ms. Kacee Norman (HPA 4th grade) and Ms. Sandra Talmadge (HPA 2nd grade) for facilitating Demitra's participation in this contest.
The Michigan Legislature recently purchased a product that is geared to high schools called Algebra Nation. MDE recommends the usage of this product. This free online tool can be found athttp://www.algebranation.com/mi/ and has "apps" for android and iPhones. Check it out!
Algebra Nation, a new, free algebra resource, is now available to every district, school, teacher, and student (and their parents) statewide: Algebra Nation is a complete, dynamic online tool, aligned to the Michigan Mathematics Standards by professors at Grand Valley State, Michigan State University, and the University of Michigan-Flint. Algebra Nation has produced great results in Florida, and the Algebra Nation team has rebuilt their resources from the ground
up to customize it for use in Michigan! Algebra Nation provides instructional videos for Algebra 1, a workbook that complements the videos, free online tutoring, and extensive resources for teachers!
Thanks to appropriations from the state legislature, Algebra Nation's materials-including workbooks for every Algebra 1 student in the state-available to all districts, teachers, and students in Michigan. Algebra Nation just launched in Michigan, and is readily available to all districts. To get your district, teachers, and students access to Algebra Nation (to get the free workbooks, tutoring, and online videos), simply call Kayleigh Edgecombe at (313) 288-9482 or email her at Kayleigh@AlgebraNation.com. If you are an ISD, you can turn Algebra Nation on for ALL your districts with just a few quick clicks!
Congratulations to the grand prize and second place winners representing grades 3-5:
1) Reygan S. from Academy for Business and Technology Elementary, who was awarded a 1st place trophy, medal, and a gift certificate for a Nintendo Switch.
2) Diego T. from Hope of Detroit Academy, who received a 2nd place medal, 8" Amazon Fire tablet, case and headphones.
Congratulations to the grand prize and second place prize winners representing grades 6-8:
1) Guadalupe A. from Hope of Detroit Academy (1st place trophy, medal, and a gift certificate for a Nintendo Switch.)
2) Cree E. from Joy Preparatory Academy (2nd place medal, 8" Amazon Fire Tablet, case and headphones.)
In addition, each division had a winning team, whose total correct words added up to the most overall points. They walked home with a trophy to show off at their academy, personal medals as well as a 7" Amazon Fire tablet for each member.
Congratulations to the top teams from each category:
Grades 3-5 2017 Division Team Winners:
Academy for Business and Technology Elementary
Grades 6-8 2017 Division Team Winners:
Hope of Detroit Academy
Every student who competed should be proud of him/herself for his/her hard work and excellent sportsmanship!
We'd like to extend our thanks to the staff at Academy for Business and Technology, the generous sponsors who contributed to the event, the volunteers who helped make the event successful, the coordinators who mentored their teams and the families and loved ones who attended and showed support.