CollegeTracks NCAN Annual Event Overview 2016

The second annual CollegeTracks Graduation Celebration, held on April 27 at the Silver Spring Civic Building, drew more than 300 attendees.

The event, which recognizes the program’s graduating high school seniors and college graduates, highlighted the organization’s expansion to more high-need schools in Montgomery County. On hand to inspire students were former NBA star Walter Williams Jr., Kedric Golston of the Washington Redskins; and NBC4 news anchor and emcee Aaron Gilchrist—all first-generation-to-college students and champions of higher education.

The CollegeTracks keynote speaker was U.S Treasurer Rosie Rios, who was instrumental in pushing for a woman on the face of U.S. currency. Her efforts have culminated in the recent announcement that Harriet Tubman will appear on the $20 bill. Rios, a Harvard graduate and one of ninechildren raised by single mother, reminded the audience that the best investment is in people. She urged students to “embrace who they are, share their culture, and invest in themselves.” She concluded by autographing her own lucky $2 bill and raffling it off to a student.

From 2015-2016, CollegeTracks served more than 600 students. Last year, 321 high school seniors were accepted to more than 200 colleges and technical schools. The group of students was offered more than $5 million in financial aid for the first year of college, Executive Director Nancy Leopold said. “We expect this year’s class to be as successful, and we look forward to helping our newest students at Watkins Mill High School travel the same path to success.”


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