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Compton Early College program competes for national recognition

The Compton Early College High School earns 2017 Gold Leadership School from the Jefferson Foundation in Los Angeles

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The Compton Early College is comprised of only freshman and sophomores. The third year of the program starts next fall as eighth graders begin to compete for positions in the next freshman class. Photo courtesy of CUSD

Will strive to earn National Jefferson Award in Washington, D.C.

COMPTON — The Compton Early College High School has earned the 2017 Gold Leadership School from the Jefferson Foundation in Los Angeles. The students worked for a year to develop programs to benefit the community.

“We met over the summer, brainstormed projects that they wanted to conduct through the year. We came up with three core projects,” said Mona Walker, English Arts teacher and Jefferson Awards Advisor.

There was a Family STEAM night at Washington Elementary to promote the importance of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and arts in education. Compton Early College has also adopted Washington and will have another event there in the near future.

The students conceived and conducted a clothing drive for two convalescent care facilities: Imperial Crest Healthcare and Manchester Manor.

They also started an awareness campaign at the school making students aware of the importance of community service.

For each of the projects, the students had to have a professional meeting with a leader at each of the facilities. What makes this major achievement so significant is that the Compton Early College is comprised of only freshman and sophomores. The third year of the program starts next fall as eighth graders begin to compete for positions in the next freshman class.

“This achievement if a prime example of why I worked so hard to start the early college program,” said Satra Zurita, Compton School Board president. “It shows when our students are challenged they can achieve literally anything. We are proud of them and how well they represent the best of Compton.”

The Jefferson Foundation honors outstanding Americans who are making a difference and inspiring others to act in the public interest.

“This award is not just about academics, but also indicates how we are helping develop socially conscious community members,” said Zurita, a board member for the Jefferson Foundation. “The importance of educating the whole children cannot be underestimated.”

The Compton Early College students are eligible to compete for a national award in Washington, D.C.

Acting Principal Mattie Robertson expressed enthusiasm for Walker and her victorious students.

“We’re really excited that our students did so well, especially for a new school,” she said. “These projects have touched so many lives in the community. We’re so proud.”

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