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Check out the latest news from Democracy Prep Alumni Relations! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
issue X juLY 1, 2016
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This month we’re shining our alumni spotlight on Ashlynn Enriquez (DP19, Dartmouth College), now a rising sophomore. Ashlynn admits to a rocky start her freshman year. More than anything she had trouble dealing with the “fast-pace and high academic rigor,” as well as Dartmouth’s quarter system. Through self-advocacy and a willingness to seek help, things got easier. “As the year went by, I learned how to use the different resources that Dartmouth offered me such as my undergrad advisors as well as my dean,” says Ashlynn. One of her essays was nominated for the Albert I. Dickerson 1930 Freshman Essay Prize; she was selected as one of Dartmouth's Class of 2019 STEM scholars, receiving an academic grant for research; and she also became involved in a Women in Science Project research internship, where she worked under a professor affiliated with the Department of Epidemiology. Wanting to experience more of the world, Ashlynn applied and was accepted to an exchange program through Yonsei University! This August she’s headed to South Korea to attend her fall term at the Underwood International College. 
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Last day of school! I have learned a lot these past 4 years, and I have to say...I will probably never cross my fingers to use the bathroom, or stay silent in fear of a demerit, but I did learn Discipline, Respect, Enthusiasm, Accountability, Maturity, Bravery, Initiative and Grit. I don't agree with all Democracy Prep does, however I would be lying if I said they haven't shaped me to be the man I want to be. One with a goal and a burning fire to achieve it. Thanks Democracy Prep and thanks for your support Class of 2K16!

– Richard Ortecho (DP20, Stony Brook University
 
I graduated with future teachers, doctors, businessmen, businesswomen, and leaders of the world! The bond that we have created is unbreakable and I could not have asked for a different experience. I'm always a phone call or email away! I love y'all! Congrats to the first of all of our accomplishments 💕
 
- Radina Johnson (BP20, Howard University)
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Bempa Ashia (BP20, Connecticut College) recently competed and absolutely killed it at the National Speech and Debate Competition in Salt Lake City, Utah; he was ranked 12 of 450 nationwide in poetry! According to Bempa, “the competition was tough because it was over a couple of days and consisted of waking up at 5:30 am and not returning until 10pm.”  But even with long hours and tough competition, he enjoyed making friends from all over the country. Bempa, who recently joined our team as an Alumni Captain, is currently assisting Democracy Prep’s coaches Sarah Rosenberg and Luis Cardenas at their speech and debate boot camp. He considers this his way of “giving back for their investment in me.”
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Summer is always the busiest time of year for our team, which is why it’s our favorite. After spending most of the year talking to alums electronically, we finally get to spend valuable time with them in person through lunches, meetings, and events. Two weeks ago we held our Captains Training Workshop and last week was our annual Alumni Extravaganza -- both were held at Bronx Prep. The Extravaganza, which happens every summer the day after senior graduation, is AR’s agenda-free summer party. It’s our way of bringing together all alums to celebrate the newest graduating classes and welcome them into our alumni family. This year seven alumni classes between the two DP campuses, and dozens of colleges were represented. Alums ate pizza and churros, had an impromptu dance competition, and played hardcore dodgeball until the last minute. Next month is TBH, our series of sexuality and sexual assault workshops. Be on the lookout for updates!
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Nearly 80 alums attended this year’s Alumni Extravaganza. Most notably, more than one third of Bronx Prep’s graduating class was in attendance! 
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BPH Alumni, there are many words of wisdom I can share as you embark on the next chapter of your life.  But I will limit it to the words of my favorite author- Paulo Coelho and his book The Alchemist- “There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.”  Be aware that your fear will always be far worse than the reality. Dare to dream, fail and fail often, as this is the best method to grow, learn, find your passion and change the world. 

- Lourdes Flores, Principal at Bronx Prep HS
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The biggest and most well-deserved shoutout and congrats goes to DPCHS and BPHS classes of 2020, for beating the odds to graduate and make it into some of the best and strongest schools in the state, region, and nation! 
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