Hanna Hayles has participated in Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) since her days at Northwest Middle School, where she produced a documentary about The Freedom Riders for her eighth grade social studies class that continues to gain recognition into her high school career.
The film titled “If Not Us: The Rights and Responsibilities of America During Segregation”, recently received state acclaim and was featured in the Nashville Conference on African-American History and Culture in February 2015.
Hanna is now an AVID freshman at Karns High School, and she traveled to Nashville for the conference in February to watch her film debut and to be recognized with fellow student filmmaker Lyric Rice. The experience has taught Hanna first-hand what it means to personally advance.
“I learned that hard work pays off. Now coming back to middle school and seeing all my old teachers and them being like, hey you’re famous! And that’s really cool. I like everyone saying that about me. It makes me feel really good,” Hanna said.
AVID is a national college-readiness system designed to increase the number of students who successfully enroll in and graduate from college. During the school day, AVID is a regularly scheduled elective class that meets and empowers students to achieve academic excellence.
Great Schools Partnership has helped fund AVID in Knox County since fall 2007. Now a proven system, AVID is set to fully transition to Knox County Schools starting fall 2015.