June 6, 2016 - 1:38 pm
Exceptional students can be found across Clark County, but Principal Barbara Collins said that a particularly large concentration of them study at one place — College of Southern Nevada High School.
CSN High provides its students with an environment where they can get away from the daily distractions and dramas of a regular high school — embodied by the work of senior Chloe Geronimo and her 212 fellow graduates. Its students juggle college courses on top of their usual high school workload in a competitive dual enrollment program offered by the community college. This year, 23 graduates earned their associate degree before receiving diplomas on Tuesday.
Geronimo, 18, established herself as a leader in her graduating class. Collins said that Geronimo played a major role in helping to unify the students of the three scattered CSN High campuses. The 20-year-old school held its first grad night and homecoming dance this year, which Geronimo as student council president at the Cheyenne campus helped organize.
“She brought our juniors and seniors together and promoted a tremendous amount of school spirit not only to her own campus, but to the entire school,” Collins said.
Last month, Geronimo received her associate of arts degree in early childhood education. She knew she wanted to be a teacher since her freshman year and is set attend UNLV’s College of Education, After two challenging years at CSN High, Geronimo feels confident about her academic abilities and hopes to receive a bachelor’s degree in two years.
“I know how to choose my classes, I know what I am getting myself into, I know the independence that it takes and the amount of work I have to put in,” Geronimo said.
Collins can’t wait to see the teacher Geronimo will become.
“Hopefully, she will choose to pursue a career with the Clark County School District one day because I know that she will impact the lives of many students in such a positive manner,” Collins said.
CSN High hopes to produce more college-ready students like Geronimo. With a fourth campus in Centennial Hills scheduled to open, Collins said that CSN aims to expand its high school program from 500 to 1,200 students.