Celebrating KIPP DC College Prep’s Class of 2017

The Class of 2017 earned over $3 million in college scholarships and 100% of them were accepted to college!

We were thrilled to celebrate KIPP DC College Preparatory’s Class of 2017 on Friday, June 9th at the Cramton Auditorium at Howard University. The Commencement Ceremony began with welcoming remarks by The Honorable Mayor Muriel Bowser, where she congratulated the Class of 2017 for their accomplishments and urging them to continue to give back to their communities become productive citizens of Washington D.C.

Following, this year’s and salutatorian Ms. Brittany Williams and valedictorian Ms. Kenya Johnson, gave riveting reflections on the Class of 2017’s journey to graduation while encouraging classmates to stay politically active and engaged in the political process after leaving the halls of KCP. 

The Honorable Karl Racine, Attorney General of the District of Columbia,  gave the 2017 Commencement Address. In his remarks, he encouraged students to “commit to being excellent” and to never quit in all their post-high-school endeavors.

To close the ceremony,  KCP Principal Jessica Cunningham gave one of her last graduation remarks as principal of KIPP DC College Prep. In a passionate speech, Ms. Cunningham, among many other lessons, reminded the Class of 2017 of their greatness and urged them to never doubt their abilities or their seat at the table.

Congratulations to all of the Award winners and the entire KIPP DC College Prep’s Class of 2017! 

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Benning Campus hosts 2nd Annual ‘Increase the Peace’ Rally

This past Saturday, KIPP DC parent Veda Rasheed along with many other community partners hosted the second annual Increase the Peace Rally at our Benning Campus.

The rally and parade began at KIPP DC Benning Campus and moved through Ward 7 to the Boys and Girls Clubhouse #14.  Participants brought signs, memorabilia, and homemade chants and performances to make their voices heard. In all about  200+ community members joined us and rallied for an end to violence in our community.

Special thanks to our KIPP DC parent and activist Ms. Veda Rasheed for ensuring the second annual Increase the Pace Rally was a success! In addition, thanks to DC Councilmembers  Vincent C. Gray and Robert White At Large, and Attorney General Karl A. Racine for their undying support.

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Connect Academy celebrates International Night

On Thursday, May 25th, Connect Academy’s Race & Equity Committee hosted “International Night”!

International Night celebrated and exposed our youngest KIPPsters to cultures from around the world. They even received their very own passport, for which they were able to collect stamps by visiting the booths representing different countries. KIPPsters were able to try the nations traditional foods, music, and literature. Represented countries included:

  • Cuba
  • Thailand
  • Germany
  • Jamaica
  • The United Arab Emirates
  • Nigeria
  • Bhutan
  • Mexico
  • Ghana

Huge thanks to the staff and parents of Connect Academy for putting on such a fun and educational global learning experience for our KIPPsters.

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Moms & Daughters Get Bossed Up at Empowerment Conference

On Saturday, May 13th we partnered with Bossed Up org to host the first-ever Bossed Up Mother-Daughter Empowerment Conference!  

The event was held at KIPP DC College Prep and brought together 30+ middle schoolers from and their families for a day of personal and professional Bossed Up training. The day featured engaging conversation, inspiring speakers, community building activities, informational session, and sisterhood. 

Huge thanks to Ms. Ashley Harding, friends at Bossed Up, and the continued support of our community partners:

  • Advocates for Justice and Educational
  • Miss Media
  • Department of Insurance Securities and Banking
  • Safe Cyber
  • Advocates for Justice and Educational
  • Institute for Equity and Excellence in Public Education
  • Red Sprinkle Fashion Bootcamp

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College acceptance letters roll into KIPP DC College Prep

Hundreds of college acceptance letters are rolling into KIPP DC College Prep (KCP)! Over the next several weeks, we’ll be celebrating graduating seniors on their journey to and through college! Check out photos from our College Signing Day on May 12!

Meet the KCP Class of 2017

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Name: Christian Sturdivant

Middle School: KIPP DC AIM Academy

Extracurriculars: National Honor Society, Boys Basketball, Football.

College Acceptances: State Univesity of New York (SUNY), Rutgers University, Morgan State University, Towson University

Intended College Major: Business

Advice to KCP Class of 2018 on applying to college: “Take it seriously.”

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Name: Kayla Fludd

Middle School: KIPP DC Key Academy

Extracurriculars: National Honor Society, Yearbook Club, Volleyball Team Manager

College Acceptances: 11 acceptances in total. Trinity University, Bennett College,  Virginia State University, Radford University, Shaw University, Lincoln University, Allegheny College, Morgan State University, etc.

Intended College Major: Medical Laboratory Science

Advice to KCP Class of 2018 on the application process: “Choose schools that have your major and that you feel most comfortable at.”

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Name: Jerrod Thompson

Middle School: John Burroughs Edu Campus

Extracurriculars: Band, Robotics Club, Yearbook Club

College Acceptances: Lycoming College, Radford University, Virginia Wesleyan College, Morgan State University

Intended College Major: Business Management

Advice to KCP Class of 2018 on the application process: “Work hard in high school because good grades will pay off when it comes time to getting the right attention from colleges. Always make good decisions.

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Name: Diamond Holliday

Middle School: Hart Middle School

Extracurriculars: N/A

College Acceptances: Norfolk State University, Radford University, Sweet Briar College, Trinity Washington University, Virginia Wesleyan College

Intended College Major: Child Development

Advice to KCP Class of 2018 o the application process: “Do all your research on the school first, but make sure to actually visit.”

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Name: Nadja Somuah

Middle School: KIPP DC Key Academy

Extracurriculars: Cheerleading, Volleyball, Grease Play, Modeling Club

College Acceptances: 7 acceptances in total. Bowie State University, Norfolk State University, Morgan State University, Frostburg State University, Virginia State University, Delaware State University, North Carolina Central University

Intended College Major: Undecided

Advice to KCP Class of 2018 on the application process: “Be sure to choose how you spend your time wisely. Senior year goes by very fast, make every second count.”

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Name: Davon Carter

Middle School: KIPP DC AIM Academy

Extracurriculars: Bring it On The Musical

College Acceptances: Radford University, Virginia State University, Morgan State University, Marshall University, University of Toledo, University of Akron, University of Maryland College Park

Intended College Major: Business

Advice to KCP Class of 2018 on the application process: “Turn in all of your work, study hard, and always make good choices.”

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Name: Alexis Shaifer

Middle School: E.L Haynes

Extracurricular: Girls Basketball, Student Government

College Acceptances: North Carolina Central University, Bowie State University, Fayetteville State University, Lincoln University, Radford University, Virginia State University, Virginia Wesleyan College, Norfolk State

Intended College Major: Criminology, Medicine, Music

Advice to KCP Class of 2018 on the application process: “Don’t play any games and apply for as many colleges as possible.”

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Name: D’Anthony Hedgespeth

Middle School: KIPP DC AIM Academy

Extracurriculars: Football, National Honor Society, Senior Committee

College Acceptances: University of Toledo, Norfolk State, Allegheny College, Michigan State University, Marshall University

Intended College Major: Mechanical Engineering

Advice to KCP Class of 2018 on the application process: “Choose schools based on your best interest.”

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Name: Marjeris McKinney

Middle School: KIPP DC KEY Academy

Extracurriculars: Track & Field, Girl’s Basketball, National Honor Society

College Acceptances: North Carolina A&T University, Virginia State University, James Madison University, University of Maryland College Park, George Mason University, Xavier University, Gettysburg College

Intended College Major: Child Psychology, Criminal Justice

Advice to KCP Class of 2018 on the application process: “Apply to as many colleges and scholarships as possible.”

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Name: Brittany Williams

Middle School: KIPP DC Key Academy

Extracurriculars: Cheerleading

College Acceptances: 10 in total. North Carolina A&T University, University of Maryland, Virginia Tech University, Georgia State University, Delaware State University, Temple University, Virginia State University, Florida A&M University, North Carolina Central University.

Intended College Major: Engineering

Advice to KCP Class of 2018 on the application process: “Start the process early and apply for a lot of scholarships.”