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For seniors at Paintsville High School college and career readiness is priority

By: Erika Glover Email
By: Erika Glover Email

JOHNSON Co., Ky. (WYMT) - Officials with the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics said nearly three out of five high school graduates enrolled for college in 2011.

Paintsville High School was ranked second at 93.6 percent.

Superintendent Coy Samons said preparing for college does not happen overnight.

"It's a lot about attitude and being positive and getting them thinking about what they want to do on down the road," Samons said.

Francesca Deguzman is a senior and agrees.

"It started back, maybe, in elementary school because the teachers are caring and they guide me to go on to higher education each year," Deguzman said.

Deguzman is one of 57 seniors at the high school.

Like her two brothers, who also graduated from Paintsville High School, she said she would like to attend the University of Louisville.

Every senior has applied for college.

"For a grade like us and a school like us I feel like that's spectacular that we all have the same drive," said Deguzman.

Their superintendent said they are a small school and counselors are important, but students also motivate one other.

"We need them to stay here and we need to make sure that we have opportunities for our students," Samons said.

He said it is about helping students turn the page and start a new chapter.

Seniors are celebrating their accomplishments on Tuesday by sporting their college sweatshirts to school.

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