But the real stars of the event were the people sitting in the balcony: The program’s donors and supporters.
“Today we are sharing what we have learned in school and are performing and showcasing our talents as our way of saying thank you,” said student emcee and scholarship recipient Rylee Johnson, a junior at the time attending the Academy of Holy Names in Tampa. “Because what better way to say thank you to someone than to show them that you will succeed? And success – in whatever form it takes – is what this program is all about. By supporting Step Up For Students, you have all recognized that not every student learns the same way. We are all different, and so different schools work best for each of us.”
Coverage of the Celebration of Achievement event here.
Nearly 70 percent of the scholarship students are African-American or Hispanic, 54 percent live with only one parent. They live, on average, just 4.5 percent above poverty. They ranked among the lowest-performing students in the public schools they left behind.Our Stories