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Academy of Creative Education students take the next step

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The ACE graduation Class of 2014 celebrate a great year.

The Castle Hills First Baptist Church auditorium was filled with a sense of pride and achievement as one hundred students from the Academy of Creative Education (ACE) crossed the stage at the Spring Graduation Ceremony on June 13. Led by Dr. Christopher P. Throm, director at the campus, the ACE graduation is a time of celebration and a testament to ACE students who struggled in a traditional school setting and overcame numerous challenges to obtain their high school diploma.

The success of ACE is driven by the uplifting stories of its students. All in attendance found themselves inspired as students read excerpts from student testimonials throughout the ceremony.

“I started my orientation at ACE a little nervous, but as the three-day process went on I started to become more comfortable,” said graduate, Tony Barrera, whose testimonial was read in the ceremony. “During the middle of the school year, I began to feel that familiar feeling of wanting to stay home, but my family had been 100% of my support and quitting on them at that time would have been selfish. The teachers here, especially my advisor, helped me stay on track to graduating.”          

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The graduates found themselves inspired by the commencement address, given by Matt Napiltonia, vice president of capital investments/risk management at Deep Energy Exploration Partners, LLC.

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Matt Napiltonia inspired students during his Commencement Address.

“I know that each and every one of you has big dreams and aspirations,” said Napiltonia, a former US Navy Seal who attended an alternative school when he was in high school. “You must believe that we live in a world where good always trumps evil; kindness always defeats hatred; inclusion wins the day over exclusion; and fighting for the underdog is not only honorable – but required.”

Families, staff, Advisory Corporate Council Members and district leadership and support staff were in attendance to cheer on the new graduates. Since its inception in 1991, ACE has graduated 3,812 students and North East ISD is looking forward to more success stories for years to come.

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Posted on June 13, 2014