July 25- Midland, TX- Orion High School is celebrating with it's annual commencement ceremony in the school's hometown of Midland, Texas. Today's ceremony marks the fifth ceremony in Midland, Texas. The ceremony in Midland is regarded as Orion's 'main' commencement ceremony, as learner-graduates names from August 2013-August 2014 are announced. At Orion High School, learners qualify for graduation immediately upon completion of the school's required 24 (or 26) credits. Upon completion of those credits, the learner applies for graduation, and then is awarded the diploma during the month of application and completion. The ceremony marks the graduation of 89 learner-graduates ranging from 14 years of age to 30+.
Orion High School's learners represent the 50 United States of America; Puerto Rico; South America; Saudi Arabia; India; Ireland; South Africa; Mexico; and Singapore. Orion's mentors represent educators and professionals from Georgia, Texas, California, New Mexico, and New York. The school's mascot (voted on by the learners in 2012) is the Warrior, which represents the spirit of Orion High School. The school's colors are Navy Blue and Old Gold.
Orion was the first fully accredited (100% online) high school in Texas. Among other firsts for Orion High School have been acceptance of its' courses into the NCAA Eligibility Center; the first 100% online school to charter a National Honor Society Chapter; the first to receive an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau; and the first to partner with public schools across the country in an effort that has recovered over 200 dropouts since 2012.
Orion's premier partnership with Camden County High School, a public school in Southern Georgia, has spanned over four years. During that time, the partnership has enabled a smooth transition of students from CCHS to Orion High School-students who otherwise would have (or already had) dropped out of school. CCHS partners with Jostens and other corporate sponsors to provide the tuition for students to attend Orion.
In 2014, Orion instituted a Diploma Eligibility Requirement for students across the country, who come to our school late in the spring, and who wish to earn a diploma at the school. Unless aditional course requirements were needed, students were required to participate in a comprehensive Senior Project, which would require them to complete six milestones, and a final project presentation, in order to be eligibile for a diploma from Orion High School. Prior to beginning the Senior Project, Orion required all of the students to complete a Productivity Course, which helped them learn (or brush up on) to fuly utilize productivity tools, which included docuent handling, presentation handling, web site development, databases, sp
readsheets, and much more. The goal with the productivity course was to require learners to utilize those skills in the Senior Project. Learners were required to complete a project under one of the categories adopted by Orion: Service to Others; Service to Family; Research (to better myself).
Akksay Singh (India) - Valedictorian Award for Fall/Winter 2013
Claire Davidson (Texas) - Valedictorian Award for Spring/Summer 2014
Rosie Connelly (Hawaii) - Salutatorian Award for 2013-2014
Kyle White (Texas) - Class Speaker Award for 2013-2014
Tamara Adams (Mississippi)- Senior Project Award
Tamara Adams (Mississippi) - Speaker Award for Mississippi Ceremony
Kathern Harless (Tennessee) - Speaker Award for Mississippi Ceremony
Claire Davidson (Texas) - the Texas Highest Ranking Graduate Award (tuition award)
McKenya Johnson (Georgia) - Senior Project Award
Kim Lightsey (Georgia) - Senior Project Award
Southern Dreams of Mississippi - Empowerment Award
The ceremony in Midland, Texas will be aired on Orion High School's USteam Channel, (click the link below to enter). The ceremony in Kingsland, GA, will be held at 5:00 PM (Eastern Standard Time), on Saturday, July 25, 2014. It will also be aired on the Orion High School UStream Channel.