Class of 2008 Graduates
By Karen Vanegas
The first class to pass through four years at McKinley since it reopened in 2004 graduated on June 6th. Ninety-eight percent of the students have been accepted to colleges including Stanford, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Columbia, Cornell and Duke.
"I am extremely proud of McKinley Tech High School class of 2008. Go out there and make our city proud," said District of Columbia Public Schools
(DCPS) Chancellor, Michelle Rhee, at the ceremony. "I will stack up the accomplishments of this graduating class up against any other class in the country."
The senior class of 2008 was commended for the hours they dedicated to community service. Many of the seniors completed more than the required hundred hours. On average, these students completed two hundred hours. Many of them participated in community work such as Generation Link, where students worked with senior citizens and taught them how to use email and browse the internet, and project SWEEP, where they educated seniors on how to dispose of toxic waste from their homes.
Veronica Jones was Salutatorian and Obinna Ukwuani was Valedictorian.
"We will all graduate from college and go beyond our imagination. The fact that
Barrack Obama is now the first African-American to be the Democratic presidential nominee proves that nothing is impossible," Ukwuani said in his Valedictory speech. He will be attending MIT.
"Don't be convinced that you are done. This is not end, it's the beginning," said Salutatorian Veronica Jones, who will be attending George Mason University.
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