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The Academy of Creative Education (ACE) winter graduation was held on Dec. 20, 2012 at Castle Hills First Baptist Church. Eighty-three students were presented with their high school diplomas at the morning ceremony surrounded by family and friends.

The commencement address was given by Congressman-Elect Joaquin Castro. The presentation of candidates was given by ACE Director Dr. Christopher Throm and NEISD Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian G. Gottardy.

NEISD Board of Trustees in attendance were President Susan Galindo, Vice President Letti Bresnahan, Secretary Sandy Hughey and Trustee Jim Wheat. Concluding remarks were given by District Director for Congressman-Elect Castro, Cary Clack.

ACE is a non-traditional, nationally recognized model high school for students at-risk of dropping out. Established with an innovative school grant from the Texas Education Agency and the Education Economic Policy Center, the Academy began its first classes on Sept. 16, 1991. Since its doors opened in 1991, the Academy has successfully assisted more than 3,400 students to graduate.

The Academy is the collaborative result of a design team composed of educators and community representatives who envisioned a campus where challenged youth, ages 16-21, would have a unique environment in which to learn and where instructors would use innovative teaching models and teaching strategies.

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Posted on December 20, 2012