Class of 2018 celebrations include two Ivy League offers so far

MOT Charter School administrators ran through the halls as students paused from classes to cheer on seniors who were taking a victory lap around both the STEM and Arts Academies to celebrate the news of their college acceptance.

Last Wednesday’s celebration was a bit more boisterous, as the celebration included two milestones at the high school campus: all members of the senior class have received at least one college acceptance and two received an offer to Cornell University, the first Ivy League acceptances in MOT Charter’s history.

“The significance of reaching this milestone, only midway through March, is a testament to these students, staff and our programs,” said Ned Southworth, head of school. “We can’t convey how proud we are as we watch their years of work culminate in success, not only in the classroom, but in a variety of service, artistic and athletic pursuits. These students are leaders who are going to move on and make a positive impact in their community, and in the world.”

The 111 seniors have so far received acceptances from 119 different colleges and universities. They have been trailblazing many new paths in a school that has quickly built a reputation for academic rigor and an appreciation for issues of equity, social justice and diversity.

The Class of 2018 is the first graduating class for MOT Charter School, which expanded in 2014 with the opening of the high school after 12 successful years with a K-8 program.

“They are a small but mighty group,” said Elaine Elston, principal of the high school Arts Academy. “Four years ago, we had laptops, chairs, tables and classrooms in a mobile trailer. Now we have a beautiful new high school campus, our teams compete as members of the Diamond State Athletic Conference, and our students showcase their artistic and academic talents across the state, competing against the best schools in the nation.”

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