Port City Notebook

News, views and random observations around Alexandria

Oh, the Places They’ll Go!

One of the most heart-warming aspects of the Scholarship Fund of Alexandria’s annual awards ceremony, which was held earlier this week, is witnessing students from so many backgrounds, cultures, races and ethnicities being recognized for their academic achievements. It’s equally gratifying to see how a broad swath of our local community—businesses, individual and family donors, nonprofit organizations, etc.—comes together to reward them financially for their hard work. Those in the audience got to learn a bit about how far the scholarship winners have come and where they are heading next. And it puts to rest that tired old shibboleth—“Yale or Jail”—that some Alexandrians use disparagingly to describe our city’s only public high school.

Classof'16As you can see below, the college-bound members of the Class of ’16 were accepted to a wide array of institutions. The list includes Ivies as well as the “little Ivies.” Several students were recruited to play college-level sports, including two talented brothers who will make a stop at the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team Trials in Eugene, Ore. (with perhaps another stop in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) on their way to the University of Florida.

One student will join the prestigious Alvin Ailey dance program at Fordham, and another was one of only 20 students selected for the film program at Virginia Commonwealth. Another will pursue his interest in the music industry at Chapman University in Los Angeles, while another will attend the highly-regarded music program at the University of Illinois. Two students who have participated in AVID (a college readiness program for first-generation college students) received full scholarships—one to the College of William & Mary and another to George Washington University. Another top student received a full scholarship to attend the University of Richmond. One student is planning to take a gap year to hike the Appalachian Trail before attending college in Montana, while another will defer her acceptance to the College of William & Mary in order to dance with the San Francisco Ballet. Another will spend a year studying in Germany before coming back to the U.S. for college.

More than half of the college-bound grads will fan out across the state, with dozens of Titans landing in Blacksburg (Va. Tech), Harrisonburg (JMU), Richmond (VCU) and C’ville (UVA). A large contingent will attend NOVA, either to earn an Associate Degree, or to participate in the NOVA Pathways Program, which will allow them to complete their B.A. or B.S. degree at a four-year college in Virginia with a substantial tuition savings. Not to be overlooked are the 12 classmates who will be serving their country in the various branches of the armed forces. Other students will be ready to enter the workforce with skills they have gained in career and technical education classes, such as surgical tech, auto mechanics or computer networking.

Am I proud of how T.C. Williams prepares our students for life after high school?  You bet I am.

Alabama A&M University; Alabama State University; American University; Appalachian State University; Arizona State University; Ashland University; Averett University; Bard College; Barnard College; Barry University; Bates College; Baylor University; Bowie State University; Bridgewater College; Brigham Young University; Bryn Mawr College; Bucknell University; Butler University; Centre College; Chowan University; Christopher Newport University; Clark Atlanta University; Clemson University; College of the Holy Cross; College of William and Mary; Cornell University; Culinary Institute of America; Dartmouth College; Davidson College; Delaware State University; Dickinson College; Drexel University; Eastern Mennonite University; Elon University; Emmanuel College; Emory University; Ferrum College; Florida A&M University; Franklin Pierce University; George Mason University; Hamilton College – NY; Hampden-Sydney College; Hampton University; High Point University; Hobart and William Smith Colleges; Hofstra University; Hollins University; Howard University; Indiana University at Bloomington; Indiana University of Pennsylvania; James Madison University; Johnson & Wales University (North Miami); Lafayette College; Liberty University; Livingstone College; Longwood University; Louisiana State University; Loyola Marymount University; Macalester College; Marietta College; Mary Baldwin College; Marymount University; Miami University (Ohio); Millersville University of Pennsylvania; Mississippi State University; Monroe College; Montana State University; Morehouse College; Morgan State University; Mount Holyoke College; Mount St. Mary’s University; The New School (NYC); New York University; Norfolk State University; North Carolina A&T State University; North Carolina Central University; Northwest Florida State College; Northeastern University; Northern Virginia Community College – Alexandria Campus; Norwich University; Occidental College; Old Dominion University; Pennsylvania State University – All Campuses; Pepperdine University; Philander Smith College; Potomac State College of West Virginia University; Prescott College; Princeton University; Radford University; Randolph College; Randolph-Macon College; Reed College; Richard Bland College; Richmond The American International College in London; Roanoke College; Saint Augustine’s University; Sewanee: The University of the South; Shenandoah University; South Carolina State University; Southern Methodist University; Southern University at New Orleans; Spelman College; St. Edward’s University; St. John’s College; St. Olaf College; Stanford University; SUNY Maritime College; Swarthmore College; Sweet Briar College; Syracuse University; Temple University; Texas A&M University; The American University of Paris; The George Washington University; The University of Akron; The University of Alabama; The University of Georgia; The University of Iowa; The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; The University of North Carolina at Wilmington; The University of Tampa; Tidewater Community College; Towson University; Tuskegee University; Union College; University of California, Berkeley; University of California, Los Angeles; University of Colorado at Boulder; University of Delaware; University of the District of Columbia; University of Florida; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; University of Kentucky; University of Mary Washington; University of Maryland, Baltimore County; University of Maryland, Eastern Shore; University of Massachusetts, Amherst; University of Miami; University of Michigan; University of Minnesota, Twin Cities; University of New England; University of North Florida; University of Notre Dame; University of Oregon; University of Pittsburgh; University of Richmond; University of South Carolina; University of South Florida, Tampa; University of Southern California; University of St. Andrews; University of Valley Forge; University of Vermont; University of Virginia; University of Virginia’s College at Wise; University of Wisconsin, Madison; Vanderbilt University; Virginia Commonwealth University; Virginia Commonwealth University (School of Business); Virginia State University; Virginia Tech; Virginia Tech (Pamplin College of Business); Virginia Union University; Virginia University of Lynchburg; Virginia Wesleyan College; Wake Forest University; Washington and Lee University; West Virginia State University; West Virginia University; Winston-Salem State University; Xavier University; Xavier University of Louisiana.


Coming Up

June 5: Deadline for responding to the ACPS online survey regarding the 2020 strategic plan. This is a great opportunity to share your feedback. The survey is available online in English, Spanish, and Arabic; an Amharic translation is available at your local school in paper format.

June 5: “Dueling Mallets: Orff vs. Bronze” concert featuring the John Adams Elementary Orff Ensemble and the Virginia Bronze handbell ensemble. This exciting collaborative concert at the George Washington Masonic Memorial at 4:00 p.m. will feature an arrangement of Carl Orff’s well-known “Carmina Burana.” The John Adams Orff Ensemble, under the direction of Wes McCune, who is retiring after this school year, is part of the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra’s Sympatico program at the school. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students.

June 10: Family Fun Night at Chinquapin Rec Center, co-sponsored by the Alexandria Parks & Recreation Department and Advocates for Alexandria Aquatics. This last Family Fun Night of the school year will spotlight students and families from Cora Kelly Elementary, but all families are welcome. It will be held from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Admission is $4 per person. Family Fun Nights will soon be scheduled for the coming school year; contact me at portcitynotebook@gmail.com if your school would like to be included.


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