KIPP students move to the four-front

LYNN — KIPP Academy celebrated its graduating class Friday at the Lynn Auditorium.

Ninety-seven percent of KIPP’s class of 2016 will graduate in June, while 90 percent plan to attend college, according to the school.

This year’s graduating class also received more than 400 acceptance letters, 100 more than last year.

Four students, Jefferson Prakob, Edivan Solano, Jassyran Kim and Corinne Jean Gilles, received early decision acceptances, which allows students to apply to their top choice school early.

Kim will attend Davidson College in North Carolina, a KIPP partner, in the fall. Attending a partner college allows KIPP and the school to help provide students with a more successful college experience.

While Kim hasn’t visited Davidson’s campus, she’s excited to get there. While her mother wasn’t thrilled about her going to school 14 hours away, she thinks it’s a good fit.

Kim served as class president the past two years, she’s a member of the National Honor Society and captain of the girls basketball team.

She plans to study biomedical engineering and earn her master’s degree.

Solano will attend Duke University, also a partner school, and plans to study biology.

He was a member of the basketball, track and cross country teams, as well as the National Honor Society and student council.

Solano plans to do intramurals at Duke to avoid the “Freshman 15” and do community service.

“It’s a great university and I’d like to give back,” he said. “I’m blessed to have this amazing opportunity.”

Jean Gilles, who’s logged 300 hours of community service at the YMCA, is headed to Union College in upstate New York.

She is a Posse Foundation Scholarship recipient, a four-year, full-tuition scholarship, and plans to study science and engineering.

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A Challenge to Elite Colleges: Set Aside More Seats for Low-Income Achievers

Many  high school seniors think of spring as college admission season. Yet the nation’s most selective colleges seem determined to rebrand it as rejection season.

Increasingly, the marketplace has rewarded colleges that turn away the most students, and the competition to be competitive has become white-hot. Winning that competition may be great for colleges, but the hidden cost is enormous — for the nation and for young people of great promise but little privilege. They are the ones left behind when colleges become laser-focused on exclusivity and lose sight of their vital role in inviting a new generation of students into opportunity and leadership.

I’ve been lucky enough to spend time with thousands of enormously talented, hard-working kids from working-class and low-income families. These are brilliant potential first-generation college students. But for kids in such communities, the belief is pervasive that there’s no point in applying to a selective college.

That belief is poisonous to our society, and there has never been a more important time for a cadre of college presidents to step forward and prove it wrong. It’s time to send a message of hope and opportunity to replace a dominant, powerful message of exclusion.

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KIPP Academy Opening its Doors to Polling Place


LYNN — Residents in two Ward 4 precincts will cast votes at KIPP Academy during the November presidential election.

In anticipation of record voter turnout, City Clerk Mary Audley and the Lynn City Council are examining the city’s polling places.

City councilors are looking at moving the voting place for Ward 4 precincts 1 and 2 to KIPP Academy at 90 High Rock St., in the Highlands neighborhood. Ward 4 precincts 3 and 4 will cast votes at the Lynn Museum & Historical Society.

Ward 4 voters living in neighborhoods near Union, Essex, and Ocean streets voted at North Shore Community College until construction began at the college and parking became an issue, said Councilor Hong Net.

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KIPP administrator Hugo Carbajal in the school’s gym, which could be one of the polling places in the school.