College Success Foundation celebrated 200 graduating CSF Achievers Scholars from Highline School District on June 6. The event at Mount Rainier High School cafeteria in Des Moines honored seniors from four high schools who will be taking the next step to college and celebrated HERO program juniors.
The evening kicked off with CSF Program Manager Lakesha Knatt welcoming everyone to the celebration. Rousing cheers arose as College Prep Advisors (CPA) Brian Cayalo (Evergreen High School), Ana Parada (Highline High School), Miechia Taylor (Mount Rainier High School) and DJ Jigre (Tyee High School) introduced themselves dressed in their college graduation gowns. DJ encouraged the scholars to visualize themselves wearing these gowns just a few years from now, when they will graduate with a college degree.
Students snapped photos in a brightly decorated “Congrats, Grads” photo booth complete with streamers and photo props with fun messages like “I did it,” “Adventure awaits” and “Now hotter by one degree.” A DJ played popular upbeat tunes as CSF staff served up Middle Eastern fare.
After students enjoyed dinner with their families, CSF College Services acknowledged CSF Achievers and shared how CSF will help them stay the course by providing them with the support and resources they’ll need to continue down the path of academic success and graduate with a college degree.
Four CSF Achievers—Khatami (Evergreen), Elian (Highline), Idris (Mount Rainier) and Hamse (Tyee) shared their success stories and advice for HERO program juniors, encouraging them to set life goals, approach new experiences with open-mindedness and become tomorrow’s leaders. They also acknowledged CSF for helping them along the path to success through access to higher education.
A highlight of the evening was the CSF cord ceremony, when CSF Achievers Scholars received their honor cords and a certificate of achievement from their College Prep Advisors. After receiving their cords, the Achievers received congratulatory handshakes from CSF staff as the crowd cheered them on.
The evening was topped off with dessert and post-event photos in the courtyard outside the cafeteria.
Congratulations, CSF Highline graduates! You have achieved a great milestone. We’re proud of your achievements, and we can’t wait to see what the future holds for you!