SOESD / Learning Matters / Newsletter Archive / April 2006 / STEPS Graduate Honored
STEPS Graduate Honored
At this time of year, we remember students who have impressed us over the years. One of the STEPS transition students was honored last spring at the Henley Honors Dessert. His teacher, Deb Ebner, wrote this story about him.
There they stood: the upper 15%--Henley High School’s finest. Among them stood Andrew Baird, STEPS student. Their GPAs were 4.00, 4.00, 4.00, 3.98, 3.98, 3.95, 3.91, 3.88, 3.85, 3.84, 3.84, 3.80, and 3.79. Andrew had a modified GPA and was graduating with a "Certificate of STEPS completion."
Two were going into the U.S. Air Force Academy, four had been accepted to Oregon State University, one to Belmont University, another to Clemson, one B.Y.U., one to Fordham University, and three to O.I.T. Andrew was going to attend the Klamath Falls STEPS Transition program the following year.
One was going to be a doctor, one an orthodontist, one a research biologist, one a veterinarian, two were going to be civil engineers, another an architect, four were going into medicine, and one was going to be a pilot for the Air Force. Andrew dreamed of one day being able to "work" around trucks and not just mimic their sounds.
Their awards consisted of 1st Team All-Conference, Team Captain, California Governor’s Scholarship, Dean’s Academic Scholarship, Scholar Athlete, National Merit Student, National Honor Society, High School Heisman Finalist, and Who’s Who Among America’s High School Students… and there was Andrew.
What made Andrew worthy of such a prestigious award? It was very simple. The teacher who spoke about Andrew at the Henley High School Honors Dessert, summed it up by saying:
"I’ve always felt it was an honor to have the chance to speak about students whose character and achievement I’d come to know and admire. But, I don’t know that I’ve ever felt so honored as I do right now, standing up here, recognizing Andrew’s character and achievements. He has made a difference at Henley. He will be missed very much by very many. HI is a fine young man and I wish him all the best that life has to offer. In recognition of what he has given us, ‘Thank you, Andrew.’"