Meet Aiana Abron
“Determination Leads to Graduation”
Educators at Alger B. Wilkins High School know that relationships can make all the difference. In fact, the school incorporates the Communities In Schools’ caring philosophy and approach, combining strong personal relationships between staff and students with an intense focus on academic achievement.
For Aiana Abron, that extra care was just what she needed to succeed. After a rough start to high school, soon she will graduate from Alger B. Wilkins, thanks to her determination along with the teachers, counselors and staff who went above and beyond to help her.
“The accomplishment I’m most proud of is getting back into school and actually pushing myself to the finish line,” Aiana said. “I want to be remembered by the leadership I have instilled in me and the way I helped the people around me.”
Alger B. Wilkins serves high school students like Aiana who are not succeeding in a traditional school setting. Using a 4x4 schedule, they are able to help the students catch up academically and graduate on time with their peers.
“Aiana Abron is a determined young lady,” said Zakira Cruz, counselor at Alger B. Wilkins. “She came to A.B. Wilkins as a sophomore and will be graduating in May. She came with a mindset set on success and catching up academically. She used the Wilkins platform exactly for what it is designed for--to allow students to progress at a faster pace in order to catch up so they can graduate. She is a model for her peers and comes each day with a positive disposition.”
After graduation, Aiana plans on attending college. She would like to study social work or law.
“I want to tell anyone who is in the process of graduating, please just keep pushing,” Aiana said. “There is a way. Every day isn’t going to be sunshine but every day is not going to be a rainy day. Get you a goal and push toward it. I’m not just telling you this. I am the walking testimony.”
As Aiana moves on to the next phase, she can look back on her time at Alger B. Wilkins with a smile. She is thankful for teachers who taught her not only academics, but important life lessons. She states that Alger B. Wilkins gave her the resources she needed to graduate, and her teachers prepared her well.
Thanks to the partnership with Communities In Schools, Alger B. Wilkins uses a proven community development approach to supporting education by unifying the existing resources of communities around children, families, and schools as a support system to help young people realize their full potential and take responsibility for their future.