A Kagay-anon has graduated first in her high school class with highest honors in Arizona.
Nineteen-year-old Kaye Alexandra Louise Arancon also received six scholarship grants for her college education after topping her class at Ajo Unified School District with a 4.0 GPA.
With the ceremony done last May 26, the Class of 2021 were treated with a motorcade around town, passing by a local firehouse which greeted the entourage with honking horns.
Kaye - who graduated junior high at Gusa Regional Science High School here in Cagayan de Oro City before her family migrated - is proud of her heritage showing her Philippine flag-designed graduation cap.
Ajo Unified School District is a small public school district enrolling 420 students from preschool to 12th grade. All of the students, from PreK to high school, share one campus in the heart of Ajo, Arizona.
The PreK–12 student body is culturally diverse with a population that is 56 percent Latino, 25 percent Native American, 14 percent White and five percent Asian.
The sole mission of the school is to graduate each student college- and career-ready.
The high school currently has a gridiron football team, a volleyball team, a basketball team (both boys and girls), a baseball team (boys), a softball team (girls), a golf team, and track & field. They are known as the Ajo Red Raiders.
A former mining town, Ajo is home to around 3,500 persons including Kaye's family. This area has a large amount of sunshine year round due to its stable descending air and high pressure.
While being a student, Kaye works at a local Chevron outlet and has even received a college scholarship from her employer on top of what she was awarded during her graduation rite.
For now, Kaye enjoys basking in the limelight of her success as she decides on what program to pursue in her college life a few weeks away soon.
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