Editorial

EDITORIAL: Congratulations, Class of 2017

Thousands of Washington area high school students in the Class of 2017 are graduating this month, carrying with them the hopes and dreams of a promising future among their parents, teachers, family members and friends. Most of them are headed to a two- or four-year college, or trade school, or the military while others will seek employment commensurate with their limited skills and with the opportunities provided by the Summer Youth Employment Program.

This is a moment of great celebration not only because of the hard work each student engaged in academically, but it also represents thousands of community service hours performed by every graduate across the city due to a 100-hour community service requirement of DCPS students before graduation.

This moment also represents the culmination of a Capital Commitment established five years ago by DCPS to “ensure that every D.C. public school provides a world-class education that prepares ALL of our students, regardless of background or circumstance, for success in college, career and life.” That commitment included improving achievement rates, investment in schools, increasing graduation rates, improving satisfaction by the students of their respective schools and increasing enrollment.

Newly appointed DCPS Schools Chancellor Antwan Wilson, along with D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser are crisscrossing the city attending commencement ceremonies and proudly touting that today “academic performance is up, graduation rates are up, enrollment is up, student satisfaction is up and it’s time to set a new vision for what our district can accomplish.”

But the vision has already become a reality at Ballou Senior High School where it was announced this week during graduation that for the first time in the history of the Ward 8 school, 100 percent of the students both applied and were accepted to at least one college or university, including the University of the District of Columbia. Not enough can be said about this achievement or the teachers, parents and especially the students who committed to making this dream a reality.

We congratulate the entire Class of 2017 and praise them for allowing their goals to shatter their obstacles.

Tags
Show More

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


By submitting this form, you are consenting to receive marketing emails from: Washington Informer Newspaper, 3117 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE, Washington, DC, 20032, http://www.washingtoninformer.com. You can revoke your consent to receive emails at any time by using the SafeUnsubscribe® link, found at the bottom of every email. Emails are serviced by Constant Contact

Back to top button

My News Matters to me - Washington Informer Donations

Be a Part of The Washington Informer Legacy

A donation of your choice empowers our journalists to continue the work to better inform, educate and empower you through technology and resources that you use.

Click Here Today to Support Black Press and be a part of the Legacy!

Subscribe today for free and be the first to have news and information delivered directly to your inbox.


By submitting this form, you are consenting to receive marketing emails from: Washington Informer Newspaper, 3117 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE, Washington, DC, 20032, http://www.washingtoninformer.com. You can revoke your consent to receive emails at any time by using the SafeUnsubscribe® link, found at the bottom of every email. Emails are serviced by Constant Contact
Close

Adblock Detected

Please consider supporting us by disabling your ad blocker