West Oak Lane Charter School celebrates 20 years

Dr. Debbera Peoples-Lee is the CEO of West Oak Lane Charter School, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2018

The West Oak Lane Charter School has named four former students as recipients of scholarship awards.

The winners were selected on the basis of their academic accomplishments, career goals, and community service, and essays submitted by each candidate.

The scholarships are each worth $2,500. The winners will be recognized at the school’s scholarship fundraiser on May 22 at Belmont Mansion.

The school’s CEO Dr. Debbera Peoples-Lee said, "We realize that finances are often a barrier to completing academic programs; therefore, we are honored each year to support WOLCS alumni who are in financial need.”

Ra’Shay Gambrell and Nicholas Chandler won the Sharmain Matlock-Turner Academic Achievement Award, with a $2,500 scholarship. Gambrell is a senior at Girls High and will be attending Kutztown University. Chandler graduated from Central High and currently attends Villanova.

The Congressman Dwight Evans Public Service Award was presented to Zymir Brunson, a Girard Academic Music Program (GAMP) grad who is now a student at Temple University.

James Jackson received the PK Financial Group Leadership Award. Jackson is now a senior at Lamkenau Environmental High School, will be attending Full Sail University in Winter Park Florida.

The Sharmain Matlock-Turner Academic Achievement Award is designated for students attending a four-year institution. Two winners were selected because they were both so highly qualified that the selection committee felt they should both be recognized

The PK Financial Group Leadership Award Is presented to a student who is or will be attending an acredited or trade school., technical school, or community college.

The Congressman Dwight Evans Public Service Award is presented to a student who is planning to get involved in public policy and/or public education.

West Oak Lane Charter School serves students in grades K-8.

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