NISD’s Mid-Year Graduation Ceremony was held at the Paul Taylor Field House on Monday, February 3 at 7:00 p.m. With 128 graduates, 80 of whom walked the stage, NISD’s Excel Academy shared the spotlight with a few graduates from Brandeis, Clark, Holmes, Jay, O’Connor, Stevens, Taft and Warren high schools. The Adult & Community Education GED Program awarded over 200 General Education Diplomas at the ceremony.
Special recognition was given to Irene Chavez, Excel Academy’s principal. She is the first and only principal of Excel Academy, previously called Challenge High School. NISD Board member Bobby Blount thanked Ms. Chavez for “forty years of dedicated service “to the school’s high at-risk population of students who face tremendous obstacles in life. Once a truancy officer, Chavez recognizes the diversity of students and their individual needs. NISD’s Excel Academy was primarily established for those students needing just a few credits to graduate and who thrive in an all-academic, small learning environment with individualized instruction.