Thursday, September 10, 2009

Hug High School, through Nevada A.S.C.E.N.T., aims to send more students to college!

Hug High School, through Nevada A.S.C.E.N.T., aims to send more students to college!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009: September 30, 2009 will be a special day for many students on the Hug High School Campus! That is the day that current sophomores in high school will be partnered with community mentors through the Nevada A.S.C.E.N.T. (All Students College Educated in Nevada Today) program. A.S.C.E.N.T., the creation of UNR President, Dr. Milt Glick, and Hug High School Principal, Andrew Kelly is focused on providing students with the support they need to make it to college.

A.S.C.E.N.T. seeks to partner current 10th graders at Hug with members of the community who want to make a difference by mentoring a student from 10th grade through graduation….and helping them through the investment of time to make it to college. The challenge, as each year has come and gone is the recruitment and retention of interested community members in making this program fly!

Currently Hug High School has 139 sophomores who have a 2.75 GPA or higher. Education Options Specialist, Joseph Garton commented, “What we desperately need is one adult from our community to step up for each student who wants to chase the dream of college!” “Mentors can help the school community make the dream a reality.”

Principal Andrew Kelly, of Hug High School, expressed a great deal of thanks to the University of Nevada, Reno, “Dr. Fabienne McPhail Naples, the Associate Vice President of Student Success Services has been amazing! She and her staff have totally embraced this program, provided ongoing support for mentors, and developed a dedicated website to support mentors and students as they transition to the University of Nevada, Reno.”

Nevada A.S.C.E.N.T. website is:

“I truly hope that many people from our community will see this announcement and go to the UNR website to sign up,” Principal, Andrew Kelly stated, “It’s imperative that we come together as a community to help WCSD meet its’ goal of graduating ALL kids college and career ready.”

For more information about Nevada A.S.C.E.N.T. contact:
Joseph Garton at Hug High School at (775) 327-5989 or
Andrew Kelly, Campus Principal at (775) 327-5601 or

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