American Graduate Champion: Tracy Niemann

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KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

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Today’s champion is Tracy Niemann! Tracy Niemann is a stay-at-home mom in Kyle, Texas. She is a hard worker dedicated to her family. “She is a dedicated and determined woman who has always put her family before herself in times of either financial or educational issues,” her nomination form said. “Her story is one of a common woman and how despite the thousands of challenges that have confronted her she’s always managed to overcome them.”

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

American Graduate Champion: Kaelynn Bowers

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KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

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Today’s champion is Kaelynn Bowers! Kaelynn Bowers is a student in Buda, Texas. She is good with kids and strives to inspire her sisters. “She is a strong individual that can push through any situation she is put through and inspires others and sets good examples for her little sisters,” her nomination form said.

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

KLRU’s Work Impacted by New Every Student Succeeds Act

Today President Obama signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act, the first major national education overhaul since the passage of the No Child Left Behind Act in 2001. KLRU’s Educational Services work is impacted in two specific ways by the passage of this law.

First, the ESSA Act includes funding for Ready to Learn, the PBS Kids endeavor which leads to the production of high-quality educational shows, apps, online games, and additional resources, and which includes funds for KLRU and 10 other stations nationwide to pilot implementation and distribution of these assets.

Second, one of the new features of the ESSA is that high schools must use graduation rates as one of several measures of progress. KLRU is a participant in the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s American Graduate initiative, and as such, we have been working over the last two years to assemble a body of knowledge and resources about how to enable more students to stay in school and graduate, especially in those schools and among demographic groups with chronically high dropout rates.

In fact, tonight at 5:30 pm, KLRU is taping a student town hall, in which we have gathered well over 100 middle and high school youth for a televised forum on their perspectives on key issues – what challenges do they face on the road toward high school graduation, what resources have they found meaningful, and where do we adults continue to miss opportunities to support them in their journeys? You can RSVP for this event here. Plan to watch Stop The Drop: Engaging Students In Their Futures on December 17 at 9pm.

Stop the Drop

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American Graduate Champion: Patricia V. Jones

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KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

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Today’s champion is Patricia V. Jones! Patricia V. Jones is an elementary school counselor and single mother in Kyle, Texas. She supports her family and works while maintaining involvement with the Hays High School band. She was the first of her family to graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Trinity University and a master’s degree from St. Mary’s University. Jones is also a two-time breast cancer survivor. “By turning her past obstacles into lessons, she gives her heart to kids who need her help. Whether it’s words of encouragement to send you to class, a bold statement to protect you from harm, no words at all to help you relax or a nice lunch in her room simply to make you smile, she will provide it. I have yet to meet someone who works this hard solely for the betterment of those around her. She teaches that, no matter how bleak a situation may seem, it can always be turned into an opportunity for doing good,” her nomination form said.

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

American Graduate Champion: Catherine Changos

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KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

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Today’s champion is Catherine Changos! Catherine Changos is a young person from Buda, Texas. She practices photography and works hard. “She is [an] amazing person and she will inspire others,” her nomination form said.

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

American Graduate Champion: Ranson Moore

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KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

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Today’s champion is Ranson Moore! Ranson Moore is a young man from Buda, Texas. He is a smart, state-bound pole vaulter who respects all people. “He is a champion because he has changed peoples lives. He has welcomed students into a good group of souls. He can be counted on by anyone, even the President of The United States of America. He has dreams of becoming a general surgeon and I know he will achieve them,” his nomination form said.

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

American Graduate Champion: Josue’s Friends

KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

Today’s Champions are Josue’s friends! Josue Gonzalez’s friends are a group of friends in Round Rock, Texas. His friends help him be confident in who he is wherever he goes. They helped and supported him in coming out as gay to his family. “Others would benefit from this story, because for those who are having trouble with confidence in being themselves, or for in this case coming out, it shows how there are people who can help you and will accept you for who you are,” Tia Sheu, their nominator, said.

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

American Graduate Champion: William Bugh

LRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

Today’s Champion is William Bugh! William Bugh is an American Sign Language teacher in Round Rock, Texas. Bugh uses his own impaired hearing to enrich lessons. He realistically and creatively teaches his students what it means to be deaf and covers important deaf history in his lessons. He “uses hearing disability to his and his students’ advantage,” his nomination form said. “It is an inspiring story of a teacher who is able to overcome his disabilities and use them to his advantage.”

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

American Graduate Champion: Timothy St. Peter

KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

Today’s Champion is Timothy St. Peter! Timothy St. Peter is a volunteer at Success High School in Round Rock, Texas. St. Peter volunteers with the NCC program at the high school. He helps students and talks to students about their grades and attendance. “He makes a change in students lives who have had a hard time at home and in school,” Gary St. Peter, his nominator, said.

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

American Graduate Champion: James Lilley

KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

Today’s Champion is James Lilley! James Lilley is an assistant manager at Andy’s Frozen Custard in Round Rock, Texas. He inspires his younger coworkers to pursue college careers and visit potential colleges. He shows his coworkers “being a minority doesn’t mean that you can’t go to college,” according to Braylen Hines-King, his nominator. “James Lilley is a champion because he proved that even if you have low income there are still ways for you to go college with scholarships from extra circular activities such as baseball,” Hines-King said.

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.