BY | December 22, 2017

LYNN– KIPP Academy student-athlete Olivier Pyram is dedicated in everything he sets out to accomplish. As a starting offensive/defensive lineman, Pyram was a cornerstone player on a Panthers team that won three games in its inaugural season. In the classroom, Pyram boasts a 3.5 GPA and hopes to pursue a career in nursing.

Now Pyram’s dedicated efforts are paying off. The KIPP senior will be attending Centre College in Danville, Kentucky this upcoming fall with a full-tuition scholarship from The Posse Foundation. Pyram plans on studying biology while chasing a spot on the school’s Division III football team as a walk-on.

“We’re excited about it,” KIPP football coach Jim Rabbitt said. “Olivier will walk on for the team. It’s a pretty good program, they finished 9-1 last season. They have a pretty talented roster and we’re hoping he goes out there and gets some playing time. He’s athletic for his size and he has great football IQ. He has raw athletic ability that can’t be coached.”

Pyram, who’s of Haitian descent, was surprised when he found out the news that he’d be selected to receive the full-tuition scholarship. He received a phone call with the news and swiftly told his mother, Miguelle Francois.

“I didn’t know what the phone call was about,” Pyram recalled. “When they told me I had gotten the scholarship, I started to shake a little bit. The first thing I did was tell my mom.  Read more here. 

Charter school proponents and opponents are digging in over expansion in Lynn

Caleb Dolan, KIPP’s executive director, said the school, which has been in Lynn since 2005, is seeking to grow the number of students it serves in its K-12 classrooms. Today, the school houses more than 1,300 children. He said KIPP Academy has a waiting list of more than 1,300 Lynn families.

“With a proven track record of success, and an overwhelming demand by parents, we see it is our obligation to grow and offer this public school option to more students in Lynn,” he said.

O’Neil disagreed and said KIPP accepts far fewer special education and limited English speakers than Lynn Public Schools and as a result creates a funding inequity.

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BY | November 20, 2017

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. — Behind every successful basketball team is a talented point guard capable of leading the group and making the offense go.

For the Middlebury College women’s basketball team, that point guard is Lynn native Alex Huffman.

The starting point guard for the Division III Panthers, Huffman has found herself a key role as the team’s floor general. She enters her junior season after starting all 25 games last winter as a sophomore, averaging 5.1 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.8 assists per contest.

“I got a lot of minutes last year,” Huffman said. “The coaches are looking for me to keep that role and take it to the next level this season. I’m looking to take command on the court and help us win games.”

A product of Lynn’s KIPP Academy, Huffman recognizes that playing the point guard position brings no shortage of challenges. Although she’s still learning the ins and outs of the role and working to improve her craft, Huffman has full confidence in her abilities to lead the Panthers’ offense.

“It’s definitely a work in progress, understanding that things can get hectic and my coaches and teammates look for me to slow things down,” Huffman, a 2015 KIPP graduate, said. “I’ve been a point guard my whole career so it’s good that I have experience under my belt. It can be a challenge but it’s a work in progress, holding the team down and helping us keep our composure.”

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BY | November 21, 2017

Some would say that the KIPP Academy football team’s inaugural season has been a success and it’s hard to argue against that.

The Panthers won their season opener, stumbled into a six-game losing streak, but won their last two games to stand at 3-6 on the year. Now they have one final objective to reach: finish the season with a win on Thanksgiving at Milford.

“Our goal is to leave it all on the field on Thanksgiving,” Panthers coach Jim Rabbitt said. “We’re looking to play our best game and our seniors want to leave a legacy of hard-work behind. If we can give it our all and end on that note, that’ll be a success for us on Thanksgiving.”

Getting that win is easier said than done as Milford, 4-6, is a Division 3 team that made the state tournament before bowing out in the South sectional quarterfinals after a 9-7 loss to Duxbury.

“Milford plays a tough schedule,” Rabbitt said. “To me, their record means nothing. We watched them on film. They’re a double-tight, double-wing team. They’re big up front and they’re aggressive. They’re well-coached. I’m sure they’ll have a lot of fans and alumni there so we’re going up to the lion’s den to compete.”

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