Loudoun County, VA (June 19, 2015) – Douglass School held its 15th annual awards and senior recognition on Tuesday, June 9th.
Principal Jack Robinson gave a summation of the accomplishments of Douglass students during the 2014-15 school year.
Among the notable things that happened were:
- Students maintained an average pass rate of more than 91 percent;
- Almost 40 percent of the students made the A-B Honor Roll for at least one quarter;
- Douglass Alternative Program served almost 190 students during the 2014-15 school year;
- Altogether, programs housed at Douglass served more than 400 students;
- Douglass had 35 clubs, activities and other school projects, including Douglass’ fifth prom with 89 percent of the students participating in at least one activity;
- 76 percent of the students participated in two or more activities;
- Douglass expects to graduate 56 of its 57 seniors.
“Douglass is a special place,” said Robinson. “I would be remiss if I did not share with you that I am proud to be your principal. I think I speak for all of the staff when I say that we are proud of our school and especially proud of our students.”
Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) Superintendent Dr. Eric Williams said the diverse talent assembled at Douglass was much like that brought together by Marvel’s Avengers.
“You all matter. You all have skills and talents that the world needs…
“You are remarkable people who my generation has brought together. We need you to develop your talents – whether it’s in college, post-secondary training, the military or other valuable work experiences – so that you can join with others to make meaningful contributions to the world.”
Amber Tornetta gave the senior address.
“Graduation is scary. Maybe it’s exciting and we’re leaving and a number of other things, but it’s still scary. You don’t have to do anything at all. You don’t have to make goals or go to college, even be successful. That’s your decision. But high school is there to help you.”
She said Douglass is not just another high school.
“There’s more to us than a sea of faces and lost names…I’ve known most of these teachers for almost four years and the amazing part is they’ve known me too and countless others. I’m not just a student who came (here) with social anxieties, failing about everything…
“I still remember the first day I walked into this scary alternative school. I didn’t speak my first two weeks and now it’s pretty hard to get me to shut up in general.”
The following scholarships and awards were presented during the ceremony:
Greenway Scholarship ($1,500)
Frederick Douglass Scholarship ($1,000)
Student of the Year
High School: Zury Garcia ($150)
Middle School: Sabrina Barbieri ($75)
Kelsey Wiggins ($300)
Most Improved Student
Nathan Robinson ($150)
Shelly Marshall Short Story Award
Zoe Wiggins ($259)
Emily Cole Ryder ($100)
Assistant Principal Sherri Simmons serenaded the students with Billie Holiday’s “I’ll Be Seeing You,” accompanied by teacher Tom Briner and guitar students.
School Board member Brenda Sheridan (Sterling District) attended the Douglass awards program.