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CAMPUS Program Celebrates Seniors


The College Achievement and Multicultural Program for Unique Students (CAMPUS) celebrated 82 graduates on Monday, May 23, at Stone Bridge High School. 

CAMPUS is a high school college access program designed to remove barriers and/or meet the specific needs of first-generation college-bound students in LCPS.The program began in the spring of 2002 and currently serves more than 300 students in grades 9-12.

The CAMPUS Class of 2022 joins the more than 1,400 students who have completed this program during the past 20 years.

Dr. Clark Bowers, Director of Student Services, delivered the welcome. Assistant Superintendent of Student Services Asia Jones and Superintendent Dr. Scott Ziegler both offered introductory remarks. 

Ziegler explained the meaning behind the words in the CAMPUS acronym.

“What makes many of you unique is that you're the first member of your family to attend college. You have taken the first step toward being those who create a generation ready to enroll, to enlist, to employ or to entrepreneur their way into a future that is bright and optimistic.

The other words that stand out in the CAMPUS acronym are ‘achievement’ and ‘multicultural.’  If our society is to advance and thrive, we must acknowledge what most of corporate America has already realized: If we are to achieve, we must embrace all the cultures that make up our society. Loudoun County Public Schools has incorporated equity and cultural awareness into our curriculum, which has led to no small amount of controversy.

“I make no apologies for the equity work LCPS has done. Like our graduates tonight, we realize the future is both unique and multicultural. Congratulations on seeing through one of the first great commitments of your life; a commitment that will lead to personal success and a better world for all of us.”

 

Diana Calderon Barboza of Dominion High School and Eden Knapp of Freedom High School introduced the guest speaker. Student Services Coordinator Gabrielle Carpenter was the guest speaker for the evening.

Former Del. Joe May and former LCPS Superintendent Dr. Edgar B. Hatrick III, representing the Loudoun Laurels, were on hand to present the Loudoun Laurels Stewardship Scholarship. This year’s recipient was Carlos Morales of Potomac Falls High School. Carlos will receive a $40,000 scholarship to be awarded as $10,000 in each of his four years of college. Carlos will attend George Mason University. 

Graduating seniors were recognized with certificates and gold honor cords to wear at their respective high school graduation ceremonies. 

Bowers delivered closing remarks.

School Board members Brenda Sheridan (Sterling District), Andrew Hoyler (Broad Run District) and Harris Mahedavi (Ashburn District) were in attendance.





Published June 9, 2022