CPA Class of 2017 is sixth in school history, graduation is May 15

Seniors at Confluence Preparatory Academy are ready to experience a moment they’ve dreamed of since the first day of high school – graduation.

As the sixth class in school history, the Class of 2017 reflects a still-growing high school.

Confluence Preparatory Academy will celebrate commencement on May 15 at 6:00 p.m. at Harris-Stowe State University with 80 students who will cross the stage to receive a diploma.

Among them are classmates who have attended a Confluence school since kindergarten: A’Vionna Bankhead, Confluence Academy-South City; Kenneth Gregory III, Kaleja Jones and Vincent Vaulx, Confluence Academy-Old North; MeShel Jamison, James Kern and JaLisa Wines, Aspire Academy, formerly Confluence Academy-Walnut Park.

Nearly 40 percent of the seniors plan to attend four-year colleges or universities, and 35 percent plan to attend a two-year school. Others plan to go to a technical school, into military service or join the workforce. Students were accepted to Ranken Technical College, Missouri State University, Harris-Stowe State University, St. Louis Community Colleges, Kansas State University, Clark Atlanta University, Southeast Missouri State University, Lincoln University, University of Central Missouri, Missouri Western University and Peru State.

As of mid-May, scholarship earnings were approximately $129,000. Twelve students qualified for the Missouri A+ Schools Program to attend a two-year community college in the state.

Seniors who earned significant scholarships include Stanley Richerson Jr. who has a $32,000 athletic scholarship to Millikin University in Illinois; Paige Campbell, with a $10,000 scholarship to Philander Smith College in Arkansas; JaLisa Wines has a $7,000 award to Truman State University; and Alaina Hudson has a $5,000 award to Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.

Confluence Preparatory Academy is the first high school in the network of Confluence Charter Schools. It opened in 2008 on the campus of Confluence Academy-South City with ninth grade students. In 2009, CPA moved downtown, next to the Central St. Louis Library, opening its doors to ninth and 10th grade students. Each year, a grade was added to reach 12th grade. The first class graduated in 2012. Confluence Preparatory Academy is sponsored by University of Missouri-Columbia.