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Big surge of Pacific Islander students on honor roll in Oakland, CA

The number of Pacific Islander students who made the honor roll this year increased by 50 percent, according to the Oakland Unified School District in Oakland, CA.

The District held a spring celebration to honor their accomplishments.

“The 3.0 Honor Roll has seen a huge 50% increase from last year, so this year we really want to acknowledge the hard work and effort our students have been putting in to succeed in their classes, especially in the midst of this difficult school year,” said Wesley Hingano, Oakland Pacific Islander Network (OPIN) leader and Oakland High Case Manager.

This year the celebration had to be held virtually on Facebook and Instagram. The presentation included students who made a marked improvement of their grades from the previous year.

“We are seeing overall growth in GPA among our Pacific Islander students, and our gains in increasing the Pacific Islander graduation rate and keeping dropout numbers low are holding steady because the hard work of our students, families, staff and community partners is coming together,” said Superintendent Kyla Johnson-Trammell.

Photo from the 2019 celebration

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