KIPP MA Celebrates the KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate Class of 2020

Lynn, MA- May 26, 2020- Despite the Coronavirus Pandemic, the KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate (KALC) Class of 2020 will still be celebrated by the entire KIPP community, both virtually and in-person with social-distancing measures. 

The Class of 2020 consists of 109 graduating students, with a 100% graduation rate of students who began the school year at KALC. Many colleges have changed their deposit date from May 1 to June 1 because of Coronavirus, but the KALC College Counseling team estimates that 83% of the Class of 2020 will enroll in four-year schools, 12% will enroll in two-year schools, and 5% are pursuing other post-secondary options.

Caleb Dolan, KIPP MA Executive Director says, “The class of 2020, like all classes, is a group of extraordinary young people full of purpose and passion. Unlike all our other classes, this class has had to progress towards their future amidst a pandemic. This pandemic illuminates how deeply these young people are committed to each other, their community, and of building a better tomorrow. I am personally grateful to these young people, their families, and their teachers; their navigation of an almost impossible time provides hope for all of us.”

The celebration will start with the Senior Award presentation on Tuesday, May 26, which will be pre-recorded and aired live on Zoom. All senior families will be able to celebrate the awards with three meals from Estefani’s Restaurant in Lynn, which is owned by a KIPP alumna. KIPP MA teachers will be delivering the food to seniors in a socially-distanced manner. 

On Wednesday, May 27, members of the Class of 2020 will come to KALC with their families in shifts to pick up their diplomas. They will drive under a balloon arch, get their diploma, and be able to take a photo. 

On Thursday, May 28, students will come together for a Zoom graduation ceremony, with speeches from Valedictorian Herman Keysha, Salutatorian Chanpichany Ros, and Class Speaker Jonathan Caraballo. 

Senior Brian Leon says, “Although we are not having a traditional graduation ceremony, it is clear that KIPP is doing everything that they can to make sure that we’re supported and that we feel like a team and family during this time.”


KIPP Massachusetts student selected as recipient of the 2020 Dave Goldberg Scholarship from the Sheryl Sandberg and Dave Goldberg Family Foundation

Lynn, MA – May 1, 2020 – The KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program) Foundation and the Sheryl Sandberg and Dave Goldberg Family Foundation (SGFF) announced Destin Fernandes is a 2020 recipient of the Dave Goldberg Scholarship. This KIPP Massachusetts student is among 15 recipients, selected from hundreds of applicants nationwide, who will receive $15,000 each year in financial assistance and mentorship throughout college.

“Dave was a huge believer in education, a generous mentor, and the center of a big-hearted community. We created this program to extend his legacy and nothing would have made him prouder,” said Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO and founder of LeanIn.Org and OptionB.Org. “These students share Dave’s best qualities – and we know they’ll go on to do great things for their communities and the world. We’re honored to partner with KIPP for a third year to ensure these talented students can make the most of every opportunity that comes their way.”

All 15 students in the 2020 cohort of Goldberg Scholars will receive a unique combination of financial support and mentorship during their four-year college experience. Highlights include:

  • A “Goldberg Mentor” to provide advice and support on a regular basis throughout college
  • Financial support totaling approximately $15,000 a year to cover a range of non-tuition needs not traditionally covered by college-based financial aid
  • Support from “Goldberg Connectors” – a network of professionals who will help scholars secure summer internships and job opportunities

Destin Fernandes, a senior at KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate and incoming student at Stanford University, hopes to one day become a civil rights lawyer to advocate for those who need it the most and make a difference in society. He was part of the KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate slam poetry team, Indigo Society Poets, and together won ‘Louder Than a Bomb.’ He has also organized the ‘Be You’ Youth Pride Event for LGBT+ youth in his community.

“The Dave Goldberg Scholarship will allow me to navigate through college without the distractions of a financial burden. I will be able to study harder and participate in extracurriculars without the fear of being unable to pay for the next semester. This will allow me to maintain the best grades possible so that I can attend a prestigious law school in the future,” said Destin.

The 15 recipients of the Goldberg Scholarship have attended KIPP schools in eight communities: Baltimore, San Francisco Bay Area, Arkansas, Massachusetts, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Los Angeles/San Diego and Texas. Many will be the first in their families to attend college. Any student who attended a KIPP school for middle school or high school and earned above a 3.0 GPA was eligible to apply.

“The Goldberg Scholarship program has already proven to be a game changer. Today, in a world in which our students and families face even greater uncertainty and financial hardship, the Goldberg scholarship provides the financial supports and mentoring from successful professionals that will prove to be a life changer,” said Richard Barth, CEO of the KIPP Foundation.

The Goldberg Scholarship Program was established by SGFF in October 2017 to support graduating high school seniors from KIPP schools across the country who have demonstrated remarkable leadership and achievement. The scholarship honors the legacy of Dave Goldberg by supporting a new generation of leaders who have demonstrated Dave’s qualities of leadership, resilience, achievement, generosity, kindness, independent thinking and entrepreneurial spirit.

“Dave believed that people have the power to change their lives not only to better themselves but to help those around them,” said Rob Goldberg, Dave’s brother and Founder and CEO of Fresno. “He believed that if everyone was given an opportunity to do so, it could make the world a better place. It means so much to our family that Dave’s legacy is helping to improve the lives of these students. It’s an honor to be part of their journeys and to help empower them to become the next generation of leaders who will impact those around them.”

About the Sheryl Sandberg and Dave Goldberg Foundation

The Sheryl Sandberg & Dave Goldberg Family Foundation works to build a more equal and resilient world. SGFF brings people together to support each other through three key initiatives: LeanIn.Org, OptionB.Org, and the Dave Goldberg Scholarship Program.

About KIPP

KIPP, the Knowledge Is Power Program, is a national network of 242 public charter schools that are dedicated to preparing students in educationally underserved communities for success in college and life. KIPP schools are ​part of the free public school system and enrollment is open to all students. Started in 1994 as a middle school program, KIPP has since expanded to enroll students in all grades from pre-K through high school. Nationwide, KIPP students complete their bachelor’s degree at a rate comparable to the national average for all students and approximately three times higher than the average for students from low-income families.

About KIPP Massachusetts

KIPP Massachusetts is part of a non-profit network of college preparatory, public charter schools educating elementary, middle, and high school students. KIPP MA operates five public charter schools across Boston and Lynn, serving more than 2,000 students in grades K-12. KIPP MA has a 15-year track record of preparing students in educationally under-served communities for success in college and life.



KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate Student Destin Fernandes wins Jack Kent Cooke College Scholarship

Lynn, MA- April 22, 2020- On April 17, The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation announced Destin Fernandes, a member of the Class of 2020 at KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate, as one of 50 Cooke College Scholars, and one of two from Massachusetts. Scholars are chosen based on academic ability, leadership, persistence, and service to others. Recipients receive up to $40,000 annually to cover all aspects of their undergraduate education. Cooke College Scholars receive comprehensive educational advising from Foundation staff and connect with a network of nearly 2,700 active scholars and alumni. They also receive opportunities for internships, study abroad, and access to graduate school funding. Destin was chosen from a pool of over 5,400 applicants for this prestigious honor.

Destin Fernandes started at KIPP in eighth grade. At KIPP, he is the co-President of the National Honor Society, does slam poetry with Indigo Society Poets, and is part of the Innocence Project club. Destin also works 30 hours per week at a movie theatre and takes Composition I at North Shore Community College. Destin intends to major in sociology and wants to become a civil rights lawyer or a public defender in the future.

“I was in complete shock when I found out I got the Jack Kent Cooke scholarship,” said Destin. “The Zoom call where they told us took place on one of my few days off of work so it was a great surprise to receive amidst everything going on right now. This scholarship will allow me to go through college without ever having to worry about how I’m going to pay for it so that I can focus on my long term goals and pursue extracurriculars. As a first-generation, low-income student, I will be able to receive an amazing education without my parents ever having to struggle to pay.”

“In these times of great uncertainty, we remain committed to supporting high-achieving students with the financial and academic resources they need to be successful,” said Seppy Basili, Executive Director of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. “We are very excited to welcome this new class of exceptional students into our community of scholars, and hope that this news brings joy to their families and communities.”


About KIPP Massachusetts

KIPP Massachusetts is part of a non-profit network of college preparatory, public charter schools educating elementary, middle, and high school students. KIPP MA operates five public charter schools across Boston and Lynn, serving more than 2,000 students in grades K-12. KIPP MA has a 15-year track record of preparing students in educationally under-served communities for success in college and life.

About KIPP

KIPP is a non-profit network of college-preparatory public charter schools educating elementary, middle, and high school students. KIPP schools are part of the free public school system and enrollment is open to all students. There are 242 KIPP schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia educating over 100,000 students on their path to and through college, careers, and life. KIPP believes that great teachers and school leaders, a supportive learning environment, and an emphasis on both academics and character are the foundation for student success. KIPP students complete college at a rate that is above the national average for all students and four times higher than that of students from similar economic backgrounds.

About the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is dedicated to advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need. Since 2000, the Foundation has awarded over $200 million in scholarships to over 2,700 students from 8th grade through graduate school, along with comprehensive educational advising and other support services. The Foundation has also provided $110 million in grants to organizations that serve such students.

KIPP Academy Lynn 8th Grade Diego Clark Wins Irish History Writing Contest

Diego Clark and Lynn Mayor Tom McGee at the LAOH Writing Contest Award Ceremony

Lynn, MA- March 9, 2020- Diego Clark, an 8th grade student at KIPP Academy Lynn, won the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians Irish history writing contest for middle school students for the City of Lynn and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. His essay will be entered to win the national competition. Essays were graded on comprehension, organization, creating, writing, and conclusion. The topic was “History of the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians in the USA (honoring the 125th anniversary.” The Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians is a sisterhood of Irish and Irish-American Catholic women. The middle school-level essay contest required submissions between 500 and 1,000 words and proper citation of research. Diego chose to enter the contest because his brother had entered and won a few years ago in the high school division.