For the third time in the school’s history, Challenge Preparatory Charter School celebrated the graduation of its 5th Grade Class of 2017 on Wednesday, June 21st at 9:00 a.m. Held at Far Rockaway High School, the ceremony was filled with memories and achievements as represented by school Founder/CEO Rev. Dr. Les Mullings, K-5 Principal Nicole Griffin, the 5th Grade teachers as well as elected officials and school staff.
The event kicked off with a moving solo by Mekhi Bratton performing the National Anthem. Principal Griffin offered a welcome encouraging the scholars to “Always do your best” as they leave their K-5 years for Middle School. Valedictorian Joseph Boahen proudly stated, “There is magic at Challenge Prep. Take this magic and honor it. Today we graduate as a united whole.” And Salutatorian Isabella Sukh admonished her fellow scholars to “Do the right thing, even when no one else is watching.”
The 5th Graders performed the poem “Excellence” along with two musical selections under the direction of Music teacher, Brenton Johnson. Special presentations from each individual 5th Grade classroom were featured as well. In addition to their Graduation Certificates, scholars were presented with awards for achievement from the City and State Comptroller Offices along with the Principal’s Award, Dean’s Award, and the Academic Achievement Award.
Senator James Sanders Jr. delivered a lively keynote to the graduating scholars ending with a word about their future:
“Your future is in your hands. Don’t have strong thumbs but a weak mind. If you can’t say goodbye to friends who will do you no good...if you can’t leave drugs alone...you can kill your future. But I see you letting your future fly!”
Other special guests present included community leaders Valerie West and Linda Plummer. Several teachers and 6-8 Principal Sonja Webber-Bey also attended in support of the rising 6th Graders who will attend Challenge Charter Middle School next year.
Dr. Mullings gave a brief review of the school’s history and thanked all of the senior leadership, community leaders, teachers and staff for their support and hard work over the years.
“Our school will reach maturity with the start of our 2017-2018 Academic Year. We will have our first class of 8th graders. As I look back on the 15 years of work that it took to get us to this place and I look at these 5th Grade scholars before me, I think, ‘It has all been worth it,’” stated Mullings.
The celebration closed with a moving video made by Ms. Ofori and the 5th Grade teachers with memories through the K-5 years of the graduating scholars. Before reuniting with their families for pictures, scholars expressed their thanks through applause to the teachers, principals and Dr. Mullings all of whom had gathered on stage. Graduation caps were tossed into the air signaling the end of the joyous ceremony.
Visit our Graduation Album on Facebook with candids from the staff!