Brazilian High School Graduates 40 Students Through TTUISD

February 21, 2008

After much hard work and anticipation, 40 Brazilian students walked the stage during their graduation ceremony on November 3, 2007. These students graduated from Centro Educacional Leonardo Da Vinci with Texas high school diplomas as well as their Brazilian diplomas.

Held in Vitoria, Espirito Santo, Brazil, nearly 2,000 people were in attendance to see these outstanding students receive their diplomas. TTUISD superintendent, Gib Weaver, traveled to Brazil to attend the ceremony. "The graduates are very successful citizens of Brazil, the cream of the crop," Weaver said.

This one of a kind partnership between Texas Tech's distance learning high school and the Brazilian school began about seven years ago. According to Weaver, the school in Brazil was looking to develop the concurrent degree program through a partnership with an American program. After reviewing many other programs in the United States, Centro Educacional Leonardo Da Vinci chose to partner with Texas Tech.

"This program really draws excellent students. They're all very academically oriented college-bound individuals who want to have an excellent command of English and be able to work outside of Brazil," Weaver said. "These students are very bright, well educated young people the most of whom become doctors or lawyers. One outstanding student, Henrique Poltronieri Pacheco, graduated as valedictorian of the 2007 class.

Since the start of the program in 2002, 117 students have graduated with the dual diploma. "Over the past seven years we have really seen the program grown," Weaver said. "It started with only a few students and now has over 300 and is still growing."

written by Elizabeth Mason

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