A Mayatan First: Congrats to Our High School Class of 2012!
Mayatan is proud to announce the graduation of our first-ever high school class. On June 28, the six members of our 2012 senior class gathered with family, friends, teacher, and school administrators to celebrate their achievement and to officially end their 12 years (!) at Mayatan.
It was a monumental event for both the six graduating students -- who received an American High School Diploma in addition to their Honduran certificate -- and to the Mayatan School itself, which has had a long-time goal of providing high school education to its students.
The ceremony was held in a municipal building in downtown Copan Ruinas, with the graduates’ supporters filling the room to capacity. Teachers and parents alike shared the podium, visiting memories from years past and wishing our seniors the best in their future careers.
Most of the graduates will be seeking to enroll in universities in Central America or the United States. One senior has already been admitted to Zamorano University, one of the most prestigious agricultural schools in Central America. Their bilingual education at Mayatan will surely provide these students many advantages, regardless of where they end up studying.
In 1991, Mayatan was founded by three local mothers who demanded a better education for their children than that provided by the local public schools. That year, Mayatan enrolled only a single Kindergarten class. As our first class progressed through elementary school, more classes filled in behind them. In 2000, Mayatan opened its classrooms to middle school students (grades 7-9 in Honduras). Twelve years later, another milestone has now been passed. But it may not be the last; Nora Arita, one of Mayatan’s founding mothers, would eventually like to provide local students the opportunity to attend University-level classes from within Copan Ruinas.
We congratulate Elisa Maria Regalado Guerra, Flor de Maria Cueva Lopez, Vilma Alejandra Cueva Piña, Jose Luis Guerra Morales, Juan Angel Arias Valle, and Orlando de Jesus Oliva Fuentes on their graduation from Mayatan and wish them the best of luck in their future academic and professional careers!