In 1992, Kingswood attended a conference in the United States where they learned about the Turnaround Achievement Awards Program; a program to recognize students for turning their lives around. In 1994, they initiated their own program in School District 18. They invited District 17 to participate in 1995.
Forever it seems, students have deservingly been awarded for academic, athletic, and artistic achievement. Now we are recognizing students who have struggled to turn their lives around. In the past twenty-three years, students have been honored with an evening to mark their special accomplishments. The program reflects marked improvement in personal behavior, attitude, and academics. It demonstrates that there are students with serious educational and personal challenges who alter their future by changing their attitude.
Over 910 students have been honored in Districts 17 and 18 over the past twenty-three years and $354,000 in scholarship money has been awarded. It is Kingswood and the Turnaround Achievement Award Committee’s commitment to this program that makes it a success.