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Texas Scholars Encourage Teens to Prepare for College

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DENISON, TX- - A group of Denison High School students were treated to a special lunch Wednesday to celebrate their academic success. Meredith Saldana was there and has more on this story.

The students were rewarded for all their hard work through their 4 years in high school.

Now, they're encouraging kids coming into high school to take every opportunity to prepare themselves for college.

Wednesday 180 Denison seniors were treated to a picnic at Loy Park.

Principal Dr. Cavin Boettger says it was a pat-on-the-back for students who are graduating with the recommended or distinguished graduation plan and who completed at least two classes that count towards college credit.

Something that seems to be a growing trend.

"The numbers of these students that are taking these advanced classes, it's been growing every year," says Dr. Boettger. "I think we're up to about 180 this year; that's out of a senior class of about 280 so it's pretty significant."

Senior Atticus Neff says, "I feel a lot better prepared for more of a college scenario environment."

Neff says he's thankful he had the opportunity to be one step ahead.

Before even starting college he has 12-hours under his belt, and he's hoping other teens will reach for the stars as well.

"When you go into high school it's a very scary situation, transition from middle school to high school, but just jump in there and get started, and take as many AP courses as you can and get ready, prepared for college."

The academic over achievers were presented with medals to wear at graduation.

A recognition that represents their years of hard work and preparation.

Senior Michelle Wasmund says it was the advanced placement classes that helped prepare her.

"It helped me because the teachers they depend on you more," says Wasmund. "They're not like nagging you about all of your homework and stuff like that.  And in college they basically tell you to do whatever and it's your responsibility to do what they say and take it upon yourself to do your homework and study for those tests."

Just months away from leaving for college, it gives students one less thing to worry about.

"Yes, I have a lot less nerves about college. The only thing I'm nervous about is moving away from home," says Neff.

If you're interested in learning more about how you can be better prepared for college, contact your high school counselor, to find out what options are offered at your school.

-Meredith Saldana, KTEN News