DC Charter School Alliance Announces August Partnership with DCTV Celebrating the Class of 2021

Jul 19, 2021

“Celebrating the Class of 2021” will air throughout August on DCTV

Washington, DC – Today, DC Charter School Alliance, an advocacy organization that supports and represents the robust charter school sector in our nation’s capital, announced a new series celebrating the outstanding DC public charter school class of 2021. The series shares student graduation speeches reflecting on the challenging school year, their journeys through school, and what the future holds for them and their peers. The speeches will play on DCTV throughout August and will be available on the DC Charter School Alliance YouTube channel.

“This school year was incredibly challenging, but these outstanding graduates show just how resilient our students are,” said Shannon Hodge, DC Charter School Alliance Executive Director. “I’m especially grateful for the school leaders, teachers, and staff who worked incredibly hard to make sure the class of 2021 finished their final high school year getting the education they deserve.”

Graduation speeches from seven public charter schools will air on DCTV throughout the month of August. Each speech is also available on DC Charter School Alliance’s YouTube channel. DCTV can be found on Comcast (channel 95), RCN (channel 10), Verizon (channel 10), or livestreaming on DCTV.org. See below for more information on each speech:

  • Shannae Stephensen, Thurgood Marshall Academy, reflects on students finding their way in the world while facing some major challenges in the last year.
  • William Cortez, EL Haynes Public Charter School, reflects on education’s role in setting students up to make change.
  • Momona Hadish, DC International School, reflects on building community and becoming global citizens.
  • Asia Ferrell, Friendship Technology Preparatory Academy, reflects on starting a new life chapter and the support system students’ had to help them get to this point.
  • Keith Moore, KIPP DC Public Schools, reflects on the class of 2021’s mighty example of Black excellence.
  • Cecilia Russel, DC International School, reflects on the community’s connections.
  • R’Nasia Murphy, Friendship Technology Preparatory Academy, reflects on family, friends, teachers, and staff as the roots and branches of students’ success.
  • Sofia Nuri, DC International School, reflects on strong connections made with friends, teachers, and administrators, particularly during a difficult school year.
  • Ugomma Ugorji, Friendship Collegiate Academy, reflects on the resilience of students during the pandemic.
  • Jeremiah McCollum, KIPP DC Public Schools, reflects on the art of connection and purpose.