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BARRY, JETTE LEAD KIPP BOYS TO VICTORY

Dominic Jette and the Panthers are 6-0 this season. (Item Photo by Katie Morrison)

LYNN — In an impressive showing for the KIPP Academy boys basketball team, the Panthers treated their home fans to a 52-25 win over the visiting Excel Wolves on Tuesday night.

The Panthers stormed out to an early lead and never looked back, closing their victory by out-scoring the Wolves 26-17 in the second half. With the win, the Panthers remain undefeated on the season at 6-0.

Leading the way for the Panthers was first-year starter Abdoul Barry, who scored 11 points and grabbed five rebounds. Barry provided a strong presence in the paint, one that was tough for Excel to defend.

KIPP’s Dominic Jette added nine points with four rebounds, Wallace Reed tallied eight points and Tona Puati finished with seven points in the winning effort. All three of them starred on KIPP’s football team this past fall season.

“Dominic’s a four-year player and he works hard,” KIPP first-year coach David White said. “He’s a leader for us. Abdoul’s a first-year starter but he has good length and good instincts. It just comes down to working on the fundamentals with these guys. They’re two of our leading scorers and I expect that continue.”

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KIPP GIRLS USE BIG SECOND HALF TO DOWN EXCEL

KIPP’s Nayeli Germosen scored 16 points in Tuesday’s win. (Item Photo by Katie Morrison)
LYNN — The KIPP Academy girls basketball team found a winning formula Tuesday evening when the Panthers hosted Excel. KIPP scored early and often, built a comfortable lead and played stout defense the rest of the way. The end result was 45-15 win for the Panthers, KIPP’s third victory of the season.

KIPP captains Nayeli Germosen and Destiny Coley-Payas each scored 16 points to lead the Panthers in the right direction.

“Nayeli and Destiny are two of our captains,” KIPP assistant coach Priscilla Chancy, who filled in for head coach Andrea DeAngelo for Tuesday’s game, said. “They’re really strong leaders on the court. They’ll tell the girls what they’re doing wrong and also how to fix it. They provide strong direction on the court and they’re highly skilled players. They’re both great guards.”

Naudia Resnek added seven points and Kayla Keel finished with five points in the winning effort.

The Panthers took advantage of their opportunities in the first half and set the tone from the early going. KIPP worked its way to a 25-14 lead at the end of the first half, the start the Panthers were hoping for.

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KIPP STUDENTS HELP DESIGN THERAPEUTIC TOYS FOR KIDS WITH CEREBRAL PALSY

Lynn, Ma. 1-8-18. Andy DeLeon, left, Timi Oladunjoye, Lyssindra Saintvil, and Amber Amadis talk about the therapeutic toy for patients with Cerebral Palsy as part of Project Lead the Way that gives students the chance to implement engineering design to create therapeutic toys.
Andy DeLeon, left, Timi Oladunjoye, Lyssindra Saintvil, and Amber Amadis talk about the therapeutic toy for patients with Cerebral Palsy as part of Project Lead the Way that gives students the chance to implement engineering design to create therapeutic toys. (Owen O’Rourke)

LYNN — Eighth graders at KIPP Academy spent the past month embracing the world of engineering design and STEM research so they could lend helping hands.

Project Lead the Way brings hands-on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) experiences into classrooms. As part of this new curriculum, students at the local charter school used 3D printers to design therapeutic toys for children with cerebral palsy.

“It’s an organization that really pushes students at all levels to be creative, hands on, and to show what they know,” said Amal Mohamed, the KIPP Academy teacher in charge of the new curriculum. “Our students were introduced to a middle schooler with cerebral palsy and from there they were given a challenge where they were to help the patient function with their daily tasks.”

Cerebral palsy is a neurological disorder caused by a non-progressive brain injury or malformation that occurs while the child’s brain is under development, — before birth, during birth, or immediately after birth. The disorder affects body movement and muscle coordination.

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KIPP’S PYRAM EARNS A FULL RIDE TO CENTRE

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.