Hope Honors the Graduating Class of 2017

Hope Honors the Graduating Class of 2017

Family, friends, staff, and alumnae gathered in the Hope Room on June 7 to honor Hope Partnership’s Class of 2017. Graduates marched to out to “Pomp and Circumstance,” performed by Hope’s very own Recorder Club, led by music teacher, Mrs. Lourdes Wenger. Dr. Sharon DuPree, the school principal, welcomed the community to the celebration, and Sister Rose Martin then gave an opening reflection, praying for blessings as the graduates continue onto high school and beyond.

After two students, Me’khi Stong and Nakeya Williams led the audience in the Black National Anthem, “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” Senior Communications Associate for PolicyLink, Alexis C. Stephens, took to the podium to speak to students about individual and community resiliency. Alexis has a passion for economic and social equity, and shared wisdom about bouncing back during challenging times. She concluded with a pledge taken by our graduates, “I am here today. I am resilient. I can do this again.”

The many academic awards were announced by both Dr. DuPree and the Hope Partnership teachers, followed by the announcement of scholarships and high school placement selections. One Hope student, Samiyah Beckham, received the Maguire Foundation Scholarship of $3,000 as well as the Hope Partnership Alumni Award of $2,000 towards her high school tuition in the fall. Samiyah was also awarded the Principal’s Award, recognized for her strength, perseverance, courage and grace in the face of tremendous personal challenges.

Representative Natalie Davis, from State Representative W. Curtis Thomas’s office, presented the State Representative Award for Academic Excellence and Contributions to School and Community to Tymair Yisréal Johnson. This award is offered to students from the 181st legislative district, illustrating the contributions of the surrounding community to the success of Hope’s students.

Hope Partnership’s Director of Graduate Support, Ms. Brittany Holiday, was also presented with a special recognition award for her passion, hard work, and dedication to the alumni students of Hope. Parent Leslie Barge, and Hope graduates Briana Barge, Dre’ana Williams, and Anaije Williams, presented the surprise award.

Sister Rose announced The Spirit of Hope Award would be given to retired teacher, and Hope Adult Education volunteer, Mrs. Ann McDevitt for all her support, and commitment to the mission of Hope Partnership. With the support of her organization, CC4C, Hope now has Smart Boards in every classroom.

Before receiving their diplomas, students Samiyah Beckham, Hamira Nixon, Deja Upshaw, and Class of 2017 Top Student, Tymair Yisréal Johnson, shared reflections entitled “We Persist.” During this time, the students reminisced on both personal and class memories from their time at Hope, and experiences in which they had to persist, and overcome obstacles.

After the final procession, students greeted family and friends for refreshments and cake. Food for the event was catered by StarFusion Restaurant, owned by 6th grade Grandparent of Sanaa Waters, Mr. Larry Moore.

Grandparent of 7th grader Yasir Williams, as well as alumni Ajiana and Anaije Williams, Ms. Delores Williams arranged all decorations, and provided graduates with their boutonnieres and corsages. The Class of 2017 graduation was truly a collaborative community effort.

Members of this graduating class were a part of the first 5th grade class to enter our new building in 2013. It has been such a pleasure to watch them grow and mature over the years. They are leaving Hope with a second family, and school community is excited to continue to support them as they continue their educational journey.

 Class of 2017 and their Selected High Schools
Miss Samiyah Nia Beckham
Mercy Vocational High School

Miss Kanika Christina Bumpas
Friere Charter High School

Mr. Zahir Hakeen Farlow
Mastery Charter School Simon Gratz

Mr. Nathaniel Curtis Montgomery, Jr.
The Preparatory Charter School of Mathematics, Science, Technology, & Careers

Miss. Hamira Shari Nixon
Franklin Learning Center | Dance Program

Mr. Me’khi Ehron Strong
First Philadelphia Charter School

Miss. Shaiya A. Tyler
PET (Philadelphia Electrical & Technological High School)

Miss. Deja Sinaa Geneva Upshaw
TECH Friere Charter High School

Miss. Nakeya Monqiue Williams
The U School

Mr. Tymair Rasheem Yisréal
Jules E. Mastbaum Area Vocational High School | Carpentry Program

Scholarship Awards

Hope Partnership Top Student Plaque for Overall GPA

Mr. Tymair Rasheem Yisréal

Curtis Thomas State Representative Award
Recognizes academic excellence and contributions to school and community by students in the 181st legislative district

Mr. Tymair Rasheem Yisréal

Hope Graduate Support Scholarships
$2,000 towards their high school tuition with participation in the Graduate Support Program

Miss. Samiyah Nia Beckham


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