A senior who graduated from Astoria High School in June was featured in a new short documentary by The Promise of Oregon, a campaign by the Oregon School Boards Association to improve the state’s flagging graduation rates.
The documentary, “Graduation is Victory,” follows students from the Class of 2017 as they prepare for graduation and talk about challenges they have overcome. Maryann Mandujano from Astoria was featured, along with students from Eugene, Portland and Eagle Point. The video can be found at http://tinyurl.com/yaz4tfut
The video is the second in a series of Promise efforts this school year focusing on improving graduation rates at high schools statewide. The state posted a 75 percent graduation rate for the Class of 2016, one of the lowest in the country. Statewide graduation rates for the Class of 2017 will be released in late January.
The Promise campaign, launched in 2014, aims to create public support for kindergarten through college education to help meet the state’s goal of by 2025 having 40 percent of Oregonians with a bachelor’s, 40 percent with an associate degree or specific certification and all having at least a high school diploma or equivalent credential.