I’m thrilled and honored to give the first graduation speech in the 50-year history of Edna Karr School. As I combed through the statistics for my speech, I heard 5th Ward Weebie in the background. I got so hype!

Let me find out – 97 percent of Karr students graduated on time according to state data.

Let me find out – 97 percent have been accepted into college, 70% – 4 year, 27% two year, 3% will enlist in the armed serves

Let me find out – 100 percent of seniors graduated on time (for the second year in a row)

Let me find out – Karr students received 4.7 million dollars in scholarships, an average of over $20,000 per student (up from last year and without TOPS)

Let me find out – Karr has 3 Posse scholars, 1 Questbridge Scholar, 1 Horatio Alger Scholarship winner (only 15 kids in Louisiana have the opportunity to get this scholarship)

Let me find out – Karr college acceptances include but not limited to: Wesleyan University, Grinnell College, American University, Howard University, Morehouse College, Spelman College, LSU, Xavier University of LA, Dillard University, Tulane University

Let me find out – 23 student earned Academic Endorsements by the state and last year it was 15

Let me find out – the last four years the class of 2015 have seen Two Track Championships, One Football Championship, and Six state runner-up in track and football.

Let me find out – Karr had its first African American principal in 50 years

See you tomorrow at Edna Karr’s Graduation ceremony tomorrow at 3 PM in the Xavier University Convocation Center


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