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Maryland Tops National High School Graduation Rate

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SNOW HILL, Md. - The hallways at Snow Hill High Scholl are abuzz as the end of the school year approaches. It's graduation season and soon, thousands of high school students will receive their diploma.

"At this point in the school year, they can feel it, they're anticipating it, they're getting excited," said Rose Zollinger, School Counselor for Snow Hill High.

And according to a new report, Maryland is making some pretty high scores in getting them across the stage.
     
The state has an 84 percent graduation rate, and that number jumps to 92 percent in Worcester County. Both rates top the national average of 80 percent.

"To do that, we have to start early and find out what are their strengths, what are their likes and dislikes," Zollinger said.

Based on those answers, they take community approach at Snow Hill High, with faculty and administration working to create a tailored education plan for each student. It's created with a program called Naviance, an online educational tool that helps students meet academic goals for high school, and maps out the college application process.

The system lets them search for schools based on size, degree programs, cost distance, and anything else that can help them make their decision.

And for those that choose the military, a trade or other options after graduation, Zollinger says they have programs to keep students engaged in what their individual goals are, in order to get them across the stage.

"What's important to us is for them to pursue a career not just a job," Zollinger said.

But, there are some who don't make it down the path to a diploma.

"Any student that doesn't make it to graduation, every one of those counts to us as a huge loss.," Zollinger said.

They use those lessons to figure out how to better reach students early, and make sure they finish their high school career.

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