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Graduate Wins State Student Success Award

Graduate Wins State Student Success Award

North Canyon High School graduate and former EL student, Diego Nuñez-Velasco, received Honorable Mention as one of the state's EL Student Success Story Student of the Year awarded by the Office of English Language Acquisition Services (OELAS) and the Arizona Department of Education's (ADE) Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Division.

OELAS and ADE recognize noteworthy accomplishments and academic achievements of students who have made significant achievements in English language acquisition. In 2015, as a 6th grader at Echo Mountain Intermediate, Diego was classified as a pre-emergent EL. In 2017 he was reclassified as proficient while attending Vista Verde Middle School. To move from pre-emergent to proficient in two years is an extraordinary feat. Diego was recognized for his dedication to academic excellence and personal growth. While a significant number of students were nominated from schools across the state, Diego stood out as a true success story. 

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PVSchools proudly provides a variety of programs that enrich students and foster growth. One such program is the English Language Development (ELD) program which is offered at each of the district's K-12 schools*. The mission of PVSchools ELD is to prepare English learners, like Diego, to become world-class thinkers and influential leaders within the community. The district wants its English learners to achieve high levels of success academically, linguistically, and socially.  

The 2022 OELAS EL Student Success Story Conference will be held in Tucson from December 7-9. Diego will be awarded a plaque and mentioned on the OELAS website as part of his recognition.

Learn more about where Diego's journey of excellence began by visiting Echo Mountain Intermediate and Vista Verde Middle School.

*ELD programs are not offered through PVSchools online classes.


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