Illness and Bad Behavior Didn’t Deter Tim Gocklin from Graduating from Mavericks High School on Friday, June 24, 2011 with a 3.9 GPA

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Mavericks is a unique high school that gives students with exceptional needs, between the ages of 15 -21, an opportunity to earn a high school diploma.

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While providing real world career counseling Mavericks High gives students, with an exceptional set of needs, the opportunity to earn their High School diploma.

After conquering pneumonia at the young age of 16, Tim Gocklin, decided not to go back to his home school but enrolled at Mavericks High School as a Sophomore with just 7 credits.    It takes 24 credits to graduate from High School. “I was drawn to Mavericks because of it being a smaller school”, said Tim Gocklin. “ I got to work at my own pace and I liked that I could do my school work on computers.”

Mavericks is a unique high school that gives students with exceptional needs, between the ages of 15 -21, an opportunity to earn a high school diploma.

Even at Mavericks some students may slip and Gocklin was no exception. Gocklin continued, “The first year and a half I was on the wrong track. I was skipping school a lot, hanging out with my friends and drinking. I was so out of it that I would try to come to school drunk.”

Recognizing that Gocklin was in need of help, Mavericks School Leader Mr. Marvin Pitts took Gocklin aside and spoke with him as a parent. “He showed me that he truly cared about me.” Said Gocklin. “He told me that I needed to get in control of my life. At that time, I felt so bad for my Dad when he would have to come to the school to get me, he and I were so embarrassed.”    

With the encouragement of Tim’s brother Ryan who knew how much Tim loved sports and the help of Mavericks’ teachers and staff, Gocklin became determined to focus on his school work. Because of Gocklin’s dedication and hard work he will be graduating from Mavericks High School on Friday, June 24, 2011 with an outstanding 3.9 GPA and may be eligible to receive the Bright Futures Scholarship he applied for. After graduation Gocklin will attend Valencia College where he will get his AA degree and then on to UCF where he will major in Physical Education. “I’m so happy Mavericks gave me the 2nd chance I really needed. If it wasn’t for everyone at Mavericks I wouldn’t be a high school graduate .”

According to Frank Biden, President and Director of Development for Mavericks in Education, “While providing real world career counseling Mavericks High gives students, with an exceptional set of needs, the opportunity to earn their High School diploma”.

The Mavericks educational team has over a 100 years of experience in the design, development and operation of schools. Mavericks High is an accredited school and is State Certified.

Mavericks High of North Pinellas County graduation will take place at:

Osceola High School, 4200 So. Thacker Ave. Kissimmee, FL. 34741 at 5:30pm

The School Leader is Marvin Pitts, 321-250-1871

Frank Biden, brother of Vice President Joe Biden, 561-296-5705

Tim Gocklin can be reached at 407-738-8832

Mavericks in Education Florida, LLC headquarters located at 301 Southern Blvd., West Palm Beach, Florida 33405

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