Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas Tim Griffin delivered a motivation speech.
By: Eric Yates & Carlos Chicas
Photos: Donte Davis & Trey Marley
On a Friday filled with recognitions, acolations, celebrations and awards, it was the 185 graduating seniors who were the primary focus at the ALLPS School of Innovation in Fayetteville, Arkansas. A crowd of over 200 parents, teachers, administrators and special guests filled the overflowing cafeteria at the Agee-Lierly Learning Preparation Services school (ALLPS) to recognize the class of 2018.
Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin delivered the keynote address as he encouraged the graduating seniors to work hard, be passionate in whatever they do, and pursue excellence in all things.
Arkansas State Senator Uvalde Lindsey was the recipient of a special recognition on behalf of the Arkansas Association of Alternative Educators for his commitment and contributions to alternative education in the state.
But the highlight of the program came from several of the graduating seniors who were willing to share their own personal stories about the obstacles they had overcome as they pursued their high school diploma. Seniors Lilliana Gomez, Arleena Glass, and Salma Reyes all expressed gratitude for the faculty at ALLPS and how Fayetteville’s school of innovation allowed them to renew their focus on academics as they continued the pursuit of their life goals.
The day concluded with a free meal for all in attendance. Overall, it was a fitting end to another successful academic year at ALLPS.