STEM Academy holds first graduation

STEM Academy holds first graduation

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The first graduating class from the STEM Academy received diplomas Tuesday. The first graduating class from the STEM Academy received diplomas Tuesday.
Dr. Jim McIntyre spoke at the graduation. Dr. Jim McIntyre spoke at the graduation.
Family and friends filled Thompson-Boling Arena for the ceremony. Family and friends filled Thompson-Boling Arena for the ceremony.
By KAYLA STRAYER
6 News Reporter


KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The first class of high school seniors to graduate from Knoxville's STEM Academy received their diplomas on a stage at Thompson-Boling Arena Tuesday night.

The school has been in operation since 2011. In its beginning, there wasn't a dedicated building for the school. Today, there's a waiting list of students who want to attend classes held downtown in the historic L&N building.

The school focuses on science, technology, engineering and math and can now boast a 100% graduation rate. Every student who began in 2011 as a sophomore at the school graduated Tuesday and 40 of the 42 students will attend college next year. Founding principal Becky Ashe says its exciting to see all of their hard work paying off.

"You just don't get the opportunity to start your own school often in an educational career and I got that opportunity and to see the result of it pay off in the ways that it has for our students is just, I'm beyond grateful for it," Ashe said.
 
The arena was filled with students and their families as graduates walked across the stage to receive their diplomas, and as they move on, they leave room for future STEM Academy graduates.
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