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Twilight Student Spotlight: Victoria Agard

Victoria Agard flourished when she came to the Erie 1 BOCES Twilight program, which offers small class sizes, individualized counseling and flexibility to students who need alternative placement. The program also offers credit recovery to students who fall behind in courseworkphoto of Terry Ruh (left) and Victoria Agard (right) before enrolling.

“Victoria deserves to be singled out for a few different reasons,” said Terry Ruh, principal of the Twilight program. “She’s had a really good start to this year, she’s doing well in each of her classes and she’s shown a great focus in her work. She’s already completed three credits of credit recovery. It’s remarkable because I have had students who don’t complete one course over the whole year and she’s been dedicated. She’s already earned credit for this year and the first marking period hasn’t even closed yet.”

Agard attributes her success to the way the program is structured. The smaller class sizes and one-on-one help was crucial because she often felt intimidated and had trouble concentrating at her former school. She also says her success came through motivation to make her mom proud and to graduate on time.

“I promised my mom that I was going to do good this year,” she added. “I want to graduate on time.”

“She’s a real, great example to the other students and we’re super proud of her,” said Ruh. “She’s just doing everything that we need our students to do and is the perfect example of what we’re hoping our students to be.”

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