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Neighbors Growing Together | Oct 24, 2014

Mid-Prairie graduation Sunday

By Xiomara Levsen | May 23, 2014

WELLMAN—Mid Prairie High School will have 78 seniors graduate on Sunday.
Mid Prairie High School Pincipal Jim Cayton said the Class of 2014 has suprassed some district records.
“This class flies under the radar in terms of their academics because they’re so spread out, but this group ties the highest average in the district’s history of ACT scores,” Cayton said. “They averaged 23.5.”
The soon-to-be graduates from Mid-Prairie High School also have surpassed the advanced placement (AP) testing and this class has already taken more than the national average of AP courses, Cayton said.
One hundred and fifteen AP exams were given this year to the 2014 class, he said. The national average for testing on an AP exam with a score of three or higher is 20 percent. Mid-Prairie has had 70 percent of its students who took college AP courses tested above the national average with a score of three or higher, which gives Mid-Prairie High School the ranking of No. 1 in the state for college readiness.
“This class I think will now be the bar that the other classes look to,” Cayton said.
This year marks Cayton’s first year as principal at Mid-Prairie High School. He said the 2014 class has treated him very well.
“This is my 29th year in the district,” Cayton said. “I worked as the principal at an elementary school and was a teacher at the high school before that. I am kind of biased because this is the only district I have worked in. A lot of these kids graduating know me from when I was at the elementary school. I also taught a lot of their parents.”

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