Victoria Chiek was the class valedictorian for KIPP and will attend Stanford University in the fall. (Spenser R. Hasak)

SAUGUS — KIPP Academy’s most recent valedictorian is off to Stanford University this fall. But it wasn’t easy getting her there.

Victoria Chiek graduated from the local charter school last week with the highest grade point average of her class, a weighted total of 4.35. The daughter of Cambodian immigrants applied to 24 universities, with an abundance of acceptance letters from schools such as Williams College, Amherst College, and Georgetown University. The Saugus resident decided on Stanford after it awarded her with the biggest scholarship. She will only have to pay $900 in tuition a year.

“I do have pressure as an Asian child and it’s rough because it’s sort of like my worth is awarded to me by my achievements, and I don’t see that with a lot of my classmates because their families give them unconditional support and praise no matter how well they do,” she said.

Chiek may have ended up exactly where she wanted, but the soon-to-be first generation college student faced many trials during her young scholarly career. She began in Lynn at Harrington Elementary School, but when her family moved to Saugus a year later she graduated from Veterans Memorial Elementary School. Next was Belmonte Middle School where she stayed until seventh grade.

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Lynn, Ma. 6-7-18. The KIPP staff at graduation. (Owen O’Rourke)

LYNN — KIPP stands for the “Knowledge is Power Program,” and Thursday, at City Hall, the academy celebrated that 100 percent of the seniors who were enrolled in the school last September marched across the stage and got diplomas.

“The graduation rate, nationwide, for Latin Americans is 75 percent, and it’s 74 percent for blacks,” said Manuel Lopez, a former teacher at KIPP in Lynn who now teaches at KIPP’s Infinity Middle School in New York.

“But tonight, for the Class of 2018, 100 percent of our seniors will graduate.”

That was the big news as the school awarded all 104 of those seniors diplomas.

Mayor Thomas M. McGee greeted the graduates by quoting the late Robert F. Kennedy, who was assassinated 50 years ago this past week.

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KIPP Lynn Announces RFPs for HVAC Preventative Maintenance

KIPP Massachusetts invites written proposals from qualified companies for preventative maintenance of HVAC equipment at KIPP Academy Lynn Schools located at 90 High Rock Street, Lynn, MA and KIPP Academy Boston Schools located at 37 Babson Street, Mattapan, MA. Service includes preventative maintenance of all HVAC equipment with the goal of reducing repair costs and extending the life of the equipment beginning July 2018. Click here for RFP details. Proposals are due on June 1, 2018.

KIPP Lynn Announces RFPs for Meal Services

KIPP Massachusetts invites written proposals from qualified companies for service of the food service programs at (a) KIPP Academy Lynn Elementary at 20 Wheeler Street and (b) Middle and High Schools located at 90 High Rock Street in Lynn MA. Service includes the school breakfast, lunch, and at-risk snack programs for approximately 488 students at the Elementary and 1,000 students at the Middle and High beginning August 2018.

RFP Food Service – SY19 Wheeler

RFP Food Service – SY19 High Rock