PUNT,PASS and KIPP: KIPP Academy Launches Football Team

By Lynn Journal staff, Cary Shuman

A NEW ERA BEGINS…The leaders of the new KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate high school football team, from left, assistant coach Melvin Lark Jr., assistant coach Joseph Jacobi, head coach James Rabbitt, director of athletics and assistant coach Anthony Grimaldi, and assistant coach Dan O’Connor.
The city of Lynn now has five high school football programs.

KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate High School, a charter school located on High Rock Street, will field a varsity football team for the first time this fall and compete in the Commonwealth Athletic Conference (CAC) Small Division.

KIPP joins Lynn Classical, Lynn English, Lynn Tech, and St. Mary’s in the varsity football arena. KIPP will play a conference game against Tech this season.

KIPP’s varsity football program coincides with the school becoming a member of the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA). However, KIPP’s ten other varsity sports teams will continue to participate in the Massachusetts Charter School League (MCSL).

KIPP Director of Athletics Anthony Grimaldi said the consensus was that the CAC would be the best fit for its new football program.

“We talked with several people and they said it was a good league for us to join and it’s a local league so we figured we’d be a perfect fit for it,” said Grimaldi.

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KIPP charters a course for graduates

ITEM PHOTO BY OWEN O’ROURKE
Valedictorian Rachana Chau speaks at the graduation.

By MATT DEMIRS

LYNN — Constant commotion from the audience didn’t stop KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate graduates from celebrating proudly Thursday night at City Hall.

The Class of 2014 was asked to look back at freshman orientation by Drea Jacob, KALC school leader.

“That day you signed your commitment to be the best you can be,” she said. “And you are.”

Graduates will be moving on with an impressive achievement: 90 percent of the class will be moving onto higher education.

“The class of 2017 submitted 1,340 college applications and received 550 acceptances,” said Jacob, who also spoke of other accomplishments such as the record setting basketball team, the impressive cast of the musical In the Heights, and the poetry club Indigo Society, who won the state championship this year, and even performed at the graduation ceremonies.

“You have made the path and continue to make the path for students to follow since you were in kindergarten,” she said.

Valedictorian Rachana Chau spoke on how thankful she was for the memories shared between her classmates, friends and teachers, yet managed to still keep things real for the class moving forward.

“It doesn’t get better,” she said. “There will be setbacks, there will be tears but everything is temporary.”

Yesenia Bandoo, the class elected speaker, had similar encouragement in a speech reaping plenty of laughs.

“No matter what happens in life, it won’t last,” she said. “That means the happy times, like today, won’t last forever, but so won’t the bad. Aye?”

KIPPMA Alumna and Rising Junior at Lesley University, Dulce Gonzalez, to Intern for Senator Elizabeth Warren this Summer

By GAYLA CAWLEY, Lynn Daily Item

LYNN — Dulce Gonzalez, a 20-year-old Lynn resident, and her family came to the United States from Guatemala 15 years ago, fleeing violence and seeking the American Dream.

This summer, Gonzalez will be interning for Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). A graduate of KIPP Academy, she was only one of eight alumni selected this year for the KIPPtern National Fellowship Program, and the only person chosen from Massachusetts.

Steve Mancini, director of public affairs for KIPP nationally, said KIPP supported eight alumni to find internships in congressional offices, including Gonzalez.

Through the program, interns have their costs covered in Washington D.C. for the summer. Caleb Dolan, executive director of KIPP Schools in Massachusetts, said the program pays for room and board, and provides a generous stipend for the interns. He said the program is highly competitive, with 10,000 KIPP alumni across the country.

Gonzalez, a junior at Lesley University, said she applied for the program in early November, and found out she was accepted the following month, but didn’t learn that she had been accepted into Warren’s office for the summer until the end of March.

“I was super excited,” she said.

As a political science and global studies major, she said the internship is very aligned into her career path. She said she’ll be focused on Capitol Hill tours and working with constituents and their issues they bring to the table. She said she’ll be specifically focused on immigration and educational issues, which will include research.

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KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate Students Take First Place in Louder Than a Bomb Competition. Two of the poets, Michelle Garcia and Temitope Shelola, will be joining the Massachusetts State Team at Brave New Voices in San Francisco

The first place win at this year’s Louder Than a Bomb is the culmination of a four year journey for KALC’s Indigo Society Poets.  On Saturday, May 6, at the Strand Theater in Dorchester,  Michelle Garcia, Kingsley Metelus, Temitope (Tope) Shelola,  Hannah Parker, Haja Ba and Destiny Fernandez won first place after taking the stage to compete in the Louder than a Bomb competition.  This is a follow up release to the April 27, 2017 Boston Globe article@ https://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/2017/04/27/this-year-louder-than-bomb-poetry-festival-seems-more-political-than-ever/RlpDp5SbIPxBfrdfzGbdgK/story.html.  Michelle Garcia and Tope Shelola will join the Massachusetts State Team at Brave New Voices in San Francisco.  Pictured above (from left to right) Michelle Garcia, Kingsley Metelus, Tope Shelola and Hannah Parker.   All the following topics were student-led:

    Personifying chains:  examining the oppression and empowerment associated with the object

    Dismantling our current discourse on feminism – offering a different perspective on The Women’s March

    Expectations from families on what it means to be a woman or man

   Critically looking at the relationship between spoken word, social justice, white liberalism, and authentic activism

“The first place win at this year’s Louder Than a Bomb is the culmination of a four year journey for KALC’s Indigo Society Poets. Witnessing the founding members achieve first out of 44 teams, after making it to final stage the last three years, is an unparalleled moment in my career. I’m incredibly proud of not only the competing six poets: Michelle, Tope, Kingsley, Hannah, Destiny, and Haja, but also of the Indigo Society Poets in the audience who were with us throughout the entire writing process— offering edits, keeping time, and supporting the competitors with every stroke of the pen. Indigo Society Poets is a family. Through courage, humor, and creativity these students have built a community where pushing one another and raising their voices against oppressive systems is the norm. Keep an eye out for them this summer… two of our poets, Michelle and Tope, will be joining the Massachusetts’ state team at Brave New Voices in San Francisco, and our team is currently collaborating on a piece for the Juneteenth celebration and KIPP School Summit.” – Kerri Brown, KALC ELA Teacher and Spoken Word Coach