Adult Education & Literacy Program Celebrates 2017 Commencement

51 students get their diplomas during June 15 ceremony


Kansas City, June 16, 2017: A remarkable group of adults proved that it’s never too late to pursue their educational goals during the Kansas City Public Schools Adult Education & Literacy (AEL) Program 2017 commencement on Thursday, June 15 at Manual Career & Technical Center.

The evening ceremony was the 33rd-annual graduation for the program, which helps adults improve their literacy skills and earn their diplomas.

This year’s class of graduates included a wide range of ages and backgrounds. Many of them overcame significant challenges in order to reach this point, according to AEL Board President Rita Berry.

“We are proud of every one of these graduates,” Berry said. “This is a great accomplishment that deserves to be celebrated.”

The Manual Career Tech auditorium was filled with enthusiastic cheers from proud families, friends and members of Team KCPS as 51 AEL students crossed the stage to receive their diplomas from Superintendent Mark Bedell. The class Valedictorian was Erick Orozco and the Salutatorian was Lucas Alaback.

“What you all have done is incredible,” Dr. Bedell told the graduates. “I know the struggle to pursue your education when you have a lot of forces working against you.”

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The AEL Class of 2017:

  • Lucas Alaback
  • Lacreshia Banks
  • Keonna Beard
  • Chantel Brown
  • Ana Calderon
  • Saundra Cooper
  • Kaleb Cramer
  • Hedy Davis
  • Khaliff Dennison
  • Mary Dickens
  • Alexa Favela
  • Lane Frerking
  • Tanisha Garner
  • Gold Glaholt
  • Sheena Hackley
  • Brianna Hall
  • Cody Hendrix
  • Herrera Ramiro
  • Davon Hitch
  • Kiana Hobley
  • Amir Hollis
  • Patrise Holmes
  • Yara Ibarra
  • Lisa Jasper
  • William Jones
  • Saeed Masumi
  • Daryl Maxey
  • Faiza Mohamed
  • Antoinnette Mpanga
  • Chamaroeun Nou
  • Erick Orozco
  • Ruben Orozco
  • Maurico Ortiz
  • Victoria Paprocki
  • Teresa Pryor
  • Gabriela Rodriguez
  • Martin Sanchez
  • Marissa Satrum
  • Helen Shipp
  • Mark Slaughter
  • Ternesa Spears
  • Myra L. Stewart-Barbee
  • Amber Stevens
  • Amanda Stipanicich
  • Mary Thompson
  • America Varela
  • Brianna Walker
  • Rasheda Walker
  • Shirley West
  • Raykell White
  • Kenyaria Whitley