Camelot Education’s Mastery Camden KAPS Celebrates Its First Graduating Class
Reaching a milestone accomplishment takes commitment, persistence and the ability to adapt to any challenge – even during a pandemic. On July 8, Camelot Education’s Mastery Camden KAPS program recognized its first class of graduates as part of Mastery High School of Camden’s official graduation ceremony.
Camden KAPS’ graduates Nyeasia Mollock, Hasan Battie and Persawn Johnson joined their classmates as they walked across the stage and became part of Mastery High of Camden’s Founding Class. While the three attended the Camden KAPS’ program since they were in 10th grade, they remained Mastery students throughout their entire educational experience.
“It is important for us to make sure students feel they are included in their school’s events,” said Megan Habbershon, Executive Director.
As the official graduation plans were frequently changing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Camden KAPS leadership wanted to make sure they could personally recognize their new graduates. They held a separate celebration outside of the high school a few weeks prior to the high school’s official ceremony. It was an opportunity for the three graduates to receive their caps and gowns, while being honored by Camden KAPS staff.
“We’re very proud of them,” said their teacher, Cheryl Grant. “The students persevered during COVID-19. They worked hard regardless of having to do their work in a virtual environment. They made contact when they were supposed to, completed every assignment and they stayed motivated.”
Mastery High School of Camden is the first and only high school in North Camden, NJ. It opened in 2016 with a ninth-grade class, adding one grade each year. Camden KAPS supports Mastery students in a smaller classroom setting, focusing on the social and emotional needs of students, while still providing the same academic rigor they would receive at the comprehensive school.
“Camden KAPS added a new grade level each school year in conjunction with Mastery High School of Camden,” said Megan Habbershon, Executive Director. “Our teachers have done a great job adjusting to teaching all of the subjects our students need to acquire the credits to graduate. We are so proud of our three graduates and look forward to seeing what they do in the future.”
As for their plans for the future, Nyeasia is being certified to become a home health aide, Hasan plans to work where is mother his employed, and Persawn is aiming to become a firefighter.
“I’m very proud of Persawn,” said his mother Asia Williams. “He’s worked hard to get this far. It was a little difficult doing his work online until he got used to it. Becoming a firefighter won’t be easy, but it is a goal he wants to reach.”