Four receive AVID Notable Scholars recognition for spring distance learning period

AVID Scholars Spring 2020

From left, Miles Larson, Alivia Marks, Aaliyah Parker and Logan Klassen were named AVID Scholars for the spring distance learning period.

The Winona Senior High School AVID program is pleased to celebrate the end of year AVID Notable Scholars from the spring distance learning period. This was a challenging time for many students, and we are proud to acknowledge some of the students who rose to the challenge and flourished during an unprecedented time at WSHS.

The AVID Scholar program recognizes AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination)  students who show excellence in academics, leadership, and individual determination to succeed.

Miles Larson

Currently a senior, Miles really hit his stride during distance learning in the spring. Not only did he end the term with an exceptional GPA, but he had zero late assignments in AVID during the whole quarter. His motivation and the quality of his work both took huge leaps forward, as did his ability to reflect on his own learning — and self-reflection is an AVID student's most valued skill.

Aaliyah Parker

Aaliyah ended 11th grade with an impressive GPA, and the highest fourth-quarter GPA in the AVID junior class. Not only were her grades at the top of the class, but the quality of her work in her other classes as well as AVID was impressive. She went the extra mile to help other students and ensure that all felt welcome and included. 

Logan Klassen

As a sophomore this past spring, Logan was successful in raising his GPA throughout the term and also turning in all AVID assignments on time. While his academic performance was commendable, Logan also showed a great amount of positive leadership and collaborative growth even during distance learning, showing support for his classmates in small and large group settings.

Alivia Marks

Alivia ended her freshman fourth quarter with an excellent GPA and showed significant improvement in her classes throughout the year. She worked hard in AVID, completing all of her work, showing up on time, and participating as appropriate. Her ability to self-advocate — a cornerstone of AVID skills — grew considerably. 

AVID is a college preparation program for students in the academic middle who have the ability and desire to attend a four-year university. While not all AVID students will choose to attend a four-year school, the goal of this program is to have every graduate be eligible to do so. Students are admitted to the AVID program through a rigorous application process that examines academic performance, school citizenship, and motivation to succeed. 

For more information on the AVID program at Winona Senior High School, contact Building Coordinator Shannon Helgeson at 507-494-1610 or