Year 1 Studio H students graduate high school!

May 28th, 2012

Our first cohort of Studio H students (2010-2011 school year) are officially high school graduates! After two semesters, 17 college credits, learning how to use every tool in the wood and metal shop, building a 2000 square foot farmers market for their home town, our 13 Studio H students have successfully completed their high school career and will move on to the next chapter.

Some will be attending 4-year colleges, some are the first in their families to go to college, or graduate high school. Some will go straight into community college vocational certification programs after dabbling in welding and other trade skills during their time in Studio H.

At the ceremony, Kerron (salutatorian) and Colin (valedictorian) gave their speeches, mentioning Studio H as one of the highlights of their high school years. We were proud and teary-eyed “parents,” and had our own chance to address the graduating class to thank them for their hard work, partnership, and vision.

We will be following this class as they venture forth into the world, because after great accomplishment (the only farmers market structure built by high school students, and a feature in Architectural Record!), comes great expectations. We expect great things from this class, that they continue to be citizens and changemakers both in Bertie and beyond.

Congrats to the class of 2012 (Studio H class of 2011)!!!! We love you.


Studio H is a public high school "design/build" curriculum that sparks rural community development through real-world, creative projects. By learning through a design sensibility, applied core subjects, and "dirt-under-your-fingernails" construction skills, students develop the creative capital, critical thinking, and citizenship necessary for their own success and for the future of their communities.


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