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.

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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. 

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KIPP Academy Lynn and KIPP Academy Boston Receive Grants to Support STEM Career Learning

Lynn, MA – February 6, 2020 – KIPP Massachusetts announced today that it has received grant funds from the One8 Foundation and the Baker-Polito Administration to offer an expanded curricular program from Project Lead The Way (PLTW) that will better prepare students for career success. PLTW is a nonprofit organization that provides a transformative learning experience for PreK-12 students and teachers through pathways in computer science, engineering and biomedical science. KIPP  joins more than 12,200 schools across the country offering PLTW programs to millions of students. KIPP Massachusetts’ two middle schools, KIPP Academy Boston and KIPP Academy Lynn, both received $15,000 to implement a new 7th grade engineering curriculum called “Automation and Robotics,” which will prepare students with the engineering skills students will need in order to pursue higher level classes in high school and beyond.

“Our organization strives to give students the opportunity to lead choice-filled lives; this includes access to the engineering and technology careers that continue to grow in demand,” said Jay Galbraith, Secondary Science Achievement Leader at KIPP Massachusetts. “By adding Automation and Robotics to our K-12 engineering program, we are providing yet another opportunity for our kids to engage with problem-solving using computational thinking and creativity.”

KIPP Academy Lynn and KIPP Academy Boston are just two of 82 schools across the Commonwealth to receive the grant, which is supported by the Administration of Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, the One8 Foundation, and Mass STEM Hub.

“Our administration is committed to closing the opportunity and achievement gaps in STEM fields for students across the Commonwealth,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “Partnerships with organizations like Project Lead the Way allow us to provide children with opportunities to learn hands-on, real-world STEM skills and put them on a pathway to success in the classroom and beyond.”

KIPP will use grant funds to strengthen its PLTW program with PLTW Engineering. Funds from the grant will also support teacher professional development and the purchase of materials and equipment that will be used in the hands-on applied learning courses.

“We are proud to partner with KIPP to empower students to develop the in-demand knowledge and transportable skills to thrive in our evolving world,” said Vince Bertram, PLTW President and CEO. “Thank you to the Governor’s Office, the One8 Foundation, and Mass STEM Hub for making these grants possible and further investing in Massachusetts’ students.”

“We are thrilled to support educators across the Commonwealth to bring applied learning and STEM education to their schools in a way that has students learning rigorous STEM content and then applying it to solve real world problems,” said Joanna Jacobson, President of the One8 Foundation.


About PLTW

Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is a mission-driven organization that is transforming the learning experience for millions of PreK-12 students and thousands of teachers across the U.S. PLTW empowers students to develop in-demand, transportable knowledge and skills through pathways in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science. PLTW’s teacher training and resources support teachers as they engage their students in real-world learning. Approximately 12,200 elementary, middle, and high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia offer PLTW programs. For more information on Project Lead The Way, visit pltw.org.

About One8 Foundation and Mass STEM Hub

The One8 Foundation propels and supports outstanding leaders with compelling ideas that deliver scaled, sustainable social impact. Education is one of the One8 Foundation’s strategic giving areas, with a focus on preparing students for a rapidly changing high-tech world through applied learning and STEM education. Mass STEM Hub is a program of the One8 Foundation and its mission is to provide schools with access to and support for applied learning and STEM education that builds knowledge and skills students need to succeed in a rapidly changing, high tech world. One8 Foundation and Mass STEM Hub have helped scale Project Lead The Way’s K-12 curriculum in engineering, computer science and biomedical science to over 45,000 students in Massachusetts enabling students to learn how to take theory to practice with real world problem solving. To learn more, visit one8.org and mass-stemhub.org.

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.

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