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University-Bound AVID Student Zoom-in on Signing Day
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Saturday, May 02, 2020

Seniors headed for universities were honored for their accomplishments Friday in an online event prompted by social-distancing orders to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Using the Zoom application, Pioneer Valley High held a “virtual signing day” at 2 p.m. for seniors who went through the AVID program, said PVHS mathematics and AVID teacher Trestina Leornas-Hurtado.

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AVID, for Advancement Via Individual Determination, is a nonprofit organization’s program that trains educators to close the opportunity gap and prepare all students for college, careers and life.

Leornas-Hurtado said all 71 AVID seniors have been accepted to universities, although some chose to attend Hancock College initially because of the uncertain times presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are very proud of all of them,” Leornas-Hurtado said. “All three teachers — Jennifer Ogren, Brett Dodson and I — have had most of the kids for all four years of high school. We are very close like a family. We call ourselves an avid family.”

Universities that accepted the students are Chapman University, Cal Poly, the University of California campuses at Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, San Diego, Irvine and Santa Cruz and the California State University campuses at Channel Islands, Fresno, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Jose, Fullerton, East Bay and Sonoma.

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