Humboldt senior earns college degree before graduating high school
Hard work and dedication are paying off for Humboldt High School senior Yossef Elsawy.

Elsawy, who is on track to be Humboldt’s 2016 valedictorian, will earn his Associate of Arts degree from Saint Paul College two weeks before receiving his high school diploma.

Elsawy credits Humboldt’s staff and programs for his success.

“The different programs offered at Humboldt -- such as the Post Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO), the Mentoring Excellence Program (MEP) and Upward Bound, along with the teachers and school counselors -- have helped shape my years here at Humboldt,” Elsawy said. “These programs and staff members have helped build my personality, confidence and character in a way that I know I’m ready for college.”

Earning his degree through PSEO showed Elsawy he is ready to succeed in college.

“Next year I’m going to be challenged to live up to life as a college junior at 18 years old -- and that’s scary. I never thought I’d be able to do that, but it’s definitely a challenge I’m up to and something I’m proud of,” he said.

Three Humboldt students receive National Junior Honor Society Outstanding Achievement Award
Three Humboldt students recently received the National Junior Honor Society’s Outstanding Achievement Award. Humboldt seventh-graders Christian Santana, Let Let and Lay Lay were among the 500 National Junior Honor Society members nationwide who received a $500 scholarship to be put in a college savings account.

Two SPPS high schools receive MASSP Awards
Two SPPS high schools have received awards from the Minnesota Association of Secondary School Principals (MASSP). Johnson Senior High School won a Gold Star of Innovation Award for their Student Leadership Program, and Washington Technology Magnet won a Silver Star of Innovation Award for their Genius Squad. The awards are designed to recognize MASSP members for the “development and support of an exemplary and innovative education program in their school.”

SPPS students, staff featured in ‘I Am SPPS’
The “I am SPPS” campaign shares videos, photos and quotes from SPPS students, staff, families and supporters. The campaign can be found on Facebook and Twitter, and at spps.org/iamspps.

Last week “I Am SPPS” featured:

  • Bodie, a student at Chelsea Heights Elementary
  • Staretta Taylor Cooper, teacher at Obama Elementary
  • Kia Yang, behavior specialist and graduate of Como Park Senior High School