BHS students selected to participate in AVID Summer Institute
Burnsville High School students Diana Amaya, Cody Hoang and Natalia Powell were among 20 students from across the Midwest selected to attend the AVID Summer Institute this past summer in Minneapolis.
It was an honor to be selected and attend the professional development conference for teachers. Over 5,000 teachers were in attendance, and these students were like the "celebrities" of the conference.
Both Cody and Diana enjoyed talking with teachers about their experiences in AVID.
"[The teachers] really made me feel welcome and wanted to know my perspective of AVID," said Diana.
"Because we took the opportunity to connect with them at the conference, teachers really appreciated us being there," said Cody. "And, because our district has gotten a lot of recognition for our AVID program, they made us feel that we were really special and wanted to listen to what we had to say.”
Cody and Diana will be first-generation college students and credit the AVID program for their academic success. The program has helped them build skills, like organization and time-management, and prepare them for college and beyond.
"Students should definitely join AVID," said Cody. "You really get that hands-on experience before a lot of your peers, and you also get a lot of the college-preparedness resources for free."