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Wicomico Joins National Campaign To Improve High School Graduation Rate

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SALISBURY, Md. - Wicomico County joins a national movement to improve the high school graduation rate. Tuesday morning, school officials announced they are partnering with America's Promise Alliance to become a part of the "Grad Nation Community."

The goal is to raise the county's total graduate rate to at least 90 percent, with no school in the community having a graduation rate lower than 80 percent by the year 2020.

Among a number of strategies to reach this goal -- increasing the number of mentors to provide support, and increasing instruction in science, technology, engineering and math.

"It ties us with our families a little bit closer, and also links the kids into the process. There's some interest in terms of having some of the kids sit down at the table and help us design the activities and services that they receive. We've included some of the initiatives in our budgeting this year as far as our proposal for the 2015 budget," Superintendent of Schools John Fredericksen said.

WMDT spoke to some students in the class of 2020 and asked why it's so important for them to graduate high school.

"So I can get my college and my education, so I can do whatever I want and meet my goals," George Waters said.

"Some of my family members haven't graduated yet, and I want to be the first to graduate," Jada Smith said.

"It's important because if I graduate, I'll be able to get good jobs when I grow up and be what I want to be," Chase Broadhurst said.

"I want to graduate high school because if I graduate high school, I'm pretty sure I'm going to graduate college; and when I graduate college, I want to be an artist or a musician," Deltario Seeney said.

According to the Maryland State Department of Education, for the class of 2012, three of the four Wicomico high schools meet the 80% threshold for the five-year cohort of students within a year after graduation.  Two of those schools surpassed the goal of having a 90% graduation rate for the class of 2012.

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