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Ken-Ton's Innovative Big Picture Program Celebrates 4th Graduating Class

June 6 was a very special night as the Ken-Ton School District celebrated 11 graduating seniors who represent the Big Picture Program's fourth graduating class in Ken-Ton.

Congratulations to students Anthony Anderson, Melissa Bevilaqua, Zia Bouthliller, Patrick Drake, Veronica Hernandez, Kyle Kardysauskas, Saniah Lynch, Alana Rao, Jennifer Reynolds, Nicholas SantaMaria, and Miguel Ian Tabor. Congratulations also to their families and to the entire Big Picture faculty and staff.

The ceremony was presided over by Kevin Kruger, principal of Ken-Ton's Big Picture Program; ELA teacher Karen Monaco, the 401 (senior class) advisor; and special guest speaker Robin Zymroz, assistant superintendent for instruction and student services, who oversaw the Big Picture Program in its early years. Zymroz explained how the Ken-Ton School District first brought the Big Picture model to Ken-Ton several years ago beginning with a district initiative called Destination Graduation.

Since then, the program has been an incredible success and has helped guide its students to graduation with a 94% graduation rate. The Big Picture Program, which is housed at the Kenmore Middle School Building and is the only program of its kind in Western New York, provides a non-traditional high school environment and is distinguished by its small class advisories, individualized project-based approach to learning, and internship experiences. The program is expanding and will include approximately 75 students in grades 8-12 beginning in September 2018.