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KIPP Blytheville Students Earn Honors, Acceptances

KIPP Blytheville College Preparatory School is proud to announce that John Ball, Class of 2018, has been accepted into a National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) summer program. NOLS, with a mission of teaching wilderness skills and leadership that serves people and the environment, offers courses that range from 10 days to an entire academic year. John was accepted to the Adirondack Backpacking and Canoeing Adventure, which will allow him to spend 21 days in June and July exploring the mountains of New York. Thanks to the Gateway Partnership, John will be attending NOLS on a full scholarship. When asked about what he’s looking forward to, John said, “Right now, I’m most excited about the airplane ride, and this will be my first time going to New York.” John will be joined by students from all across the country and the world, and he’ll need to rely on them heavily while backpacking in the wilderness. “I think it will easy to make friends,” he said, “I will just introduce myself and be kind.”
Participating in pre-college summer programs are extremely beneficial to students. Past experience has taught KIPP Delta that these summer programs provide a multitude of benefits to students, both while they’re in high school and once they’ve matriculated to college. First, students benefit immediately from the learning experience itself and from spending a few extra weeks actively engaged during the summer months. Secondly, students are able to use these experiences to set themselves apart from their peers on college applications. Finally, these students are more likely to select colleges that truly match their interests and academic abilities, and are less likely to suffer from homesickness once matriculating to college. KIPP Delta students who have attended summer programs are much more open to looking at college outside of Arkansas and have a better grasp on what it takes to compete for those acceptances.
Anika Mittal, also in the Class of 2018, has been exploring one of her passions recently, albeit a very different one than John’s. Anika participated in a regional mathematics competition hosted by the Arkansas Council of Teachers of Mathematics (ACTM). The competition, which took place on March 1, 2014 at Arkansas State University, gives students a chance to compete in the math course that they are currently taking in school. Anika, despite being in eighth grade, is enrolled in geometry, so she was competing mostly against tenth graders. Despite this added challenge, Anika came away with the first place prize: an invitation to the state competition on April 26, 2014 at the University of Central Arkansas. When asked about how she felt going into the competition, Anika said, “I was a little intimidated with all the tenth graders being there, but I did well.”
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