Bonham ISD college bound rate more than doubles

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BONHAM, TX - It's graduation time for high school seniors across Texoma. In Bonham, graduating warriors are preparing for the their next step in education. In just a year, the number of students going on to college has more than doubled. Daniella Rivera shows us why.

The Bonham Warriors class of 2014 has a lot to be proud of.

"What's important to you gets measured," said BISD Superintendent Dr. Marvin Beaty.

According to Dr. Beaty, last year, only 31% of Bonham High School graduates continued their education and went to college.

"I didn't find that to be indicative of what are students wanted, but I did find it to be indicative of what we were preparing them to do," said Dr. Beaty.

This year, the District created and implemented a "College and Career" class for seniors, and their college bound rate has more than doubled!

"I learned so much about scholarships, and applying, and reference letters, and resumes, that it really helped me a lot," said graduating senior Jordan Speck.

Each of the signs outside the high school represents here on June 6th. Dr Beaty says some of them will be the first in their family to attend college.

"I got approximately $40,000 from Mary Hardin-Baylor, and I probably wouldn't have received that much help without the guidance that I got from that class, so I was really pleased," said senior Erin Dona.

With about 73% of the senior class already accepted to a university, Dr. Beaty says next school year, they plan to extend the new class to include juniors as well.

"It's very helpful especially to those who don't really know what the next step is or don't have someone pushing them," said Daisy Montano who's been accepted to UNT.

High School principal David Ketcher says it's not just the class that made a difference, "It was easy. It was easy. These kids have jumped in there, taken everything that we've thrown at them, and made a huge success out of it."

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