CCCS Graduates More than 200 Students from Two Campuses

Chester Community Charter School (CCCS), the largest K-8 charter school in Pennsylvania, recently conferred certificates of completion upon 210 eighth-grade students at a two-day commencement ceremony held at the Clarion Hotel in Essington, PA. More than 1,200 parents, guardians and community members, as well as staff, faculty and administrators, attended.

The Gureghian Charitable Foundation, a philanthropic organization created by Vahan and Danielle Gureghian, granted $15,000 in scholarships to West Campus students Taylor Young, Tommy Jiminez and Isiah Coleman to attend Cardinal O’Hara High School in Springfield, PA. The scholarships were made possible through contributions from the Gureghians and Staffing Plus, a Haverford, PA-based healthcare staffing agency. Students on East Campus were also accepted at many prestigious regional high schools, including Episcopal Academy, Archmere Academy, West Catholic Preparatory School, St. Elizabeth High School, Archbishop John Carroll High School and Bonner Prendergast Catholic High School.

Lisa Spector and Alex Spector, president/CEO and executive vice president at Staffing Plus, also attended the graduation ceremonies and expressed their passion for education and its ability to empower students.

“Being able to contribute, to change the lives of kids, and to give them an opportunity to go to high school and receive an education that they might not otherwise have, was a quick and easy ‘Yes!’ for us. We are pleased to make a difference,” Lisa Spector said.

Dr. David Clark, CCCS CEO, addressed the students in a speech during the ceremony. He noted that the students had “grit” and, no matter their circumstances, that quality will strengthen and mold them to overcome obstacles and will motivate them to succeed.

Kenan Hilyard, a 2011 CCCS alumnus, served as keynote speaker at the West Campus ceremony.

He shared his experience of his transition from CCCS to Archmere Academy, a prestigious secondary school he was able to attend with financial assistance from the Gureghian
Foundation. Hilyard encouraged the graduates to work hard, stay determined, and avoid distractions while in high school. A recent Archmere Academy graduate, Hilyard will attend the University of Delaware on a full scholarship in the fall.

At each ceremony, students were recognized for their excellence in English, mathematics, science and music. Curtis Callands, assistant principal at West Campus, also specifically recognized the student-athletes who excelled academically during their years at CCCS.