Congratulations to two KIPPsters!

A
big congratulations are due to KIPP
Journey Academy
 students McKeala Hudson and Michael Robinson, who were
recently accepted into the KIPP STEP Summer Program at Deerfield Academy! Yes, that
Deerfield Academy – the prestigious prep school in Massachusetts whose students
consistently populate the campuses of Harvard, Yale, Princeton, etc.

The
students are examples of the remarkable results that KIPP, which primarily
serves economically disadvantaged students, has produced since it opened its
doors in 2008. (Fordham authorizes KIPP Journey, Ohio’s first and only KIPP
school.) Already its students are scoring higher
than the district average on the state mathematics assessment and higher than
the state-wide community school average on the state science assessment. The
STEP program is taught by a team of KIPP and Deerfield teachers, and includes
three weeks of fully paid Deerfield courses focused on science and language
arts.

After
being accepted to the STEP program, McKeala and Michael each wrote an essay
about their life goals and reasons for applying to the program. McKeala writes:                                                                                         

My
goal is to become a News Reporter, to go to college at Spellman [sic] or the
University of North Carolina (UNC), and to go to Columbus Academy for high
school. I also want and to meet new teachers so they can inform me about how to
be a better person. I will take this Deerfield experience as an honor since I
am learning new studies in subjects and I’m glad to see this extravagant school
in person. I will inspire others by this journey and show them that they can
complete hard work. As long as they believe in themselves their dreams and
goals will come true.

Michael
writes:

Now
that I go to KIPP I have learned that the future really depends on what you do
in the next minute whether it will help you in your life or push you back. KIPP
has taught me that if you believe and the people around you believe you can be
and do anything. […]

Some
goals I have for myself is that I will push myself the hardest I can to reach
the highest level there is. And my reading teacher always says to go above and
beyond and I plan on doing that. I hope to go to a good high school and from
there to a good college. Those are not only my goals, but they are KIPP’s
expectations and I look forward to coming to school and meeting those
expectations. Thanks for all you do to support me and my other teammates at
KJA!

Good
work, KIPPsters and KIPP Journey!

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