American Graduate Champion: Mandy Stalcup

KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

mandy_stalcup_crockett_hsToday’s Champion is Mandy Stalcup!  As a Communities In Schools Program Manager at Crockett High School, Stalcup provides a range of programming to support students on the campus including working with students individually, in groups, college & career exploration, with basic needs and more. Her nomination letter said, “The time Mandy spends helping her students stay focused on grades and attendance and with college and scholarship applications makes a huge difference in keeping them motivated and on track. Students are empowered when they are given support and encouragement from a caring adult.”

One example provided of how Mandy’s work empowers students to stay in school and achieve in life is how she helped a student named Keyanna. Keyanna graduated from Crockett High School in June 2015 and she credits Mandy with helping her stay focused on keeping her grades up and also with providing assistance as she navigated scholarship and financial aid applications. All the effort Keyanna and Mandy put in paid off. Keyanna graduated with a 3.6 GPA, she was accepted to five universities, and she received several scholarships. “I don’t know where I’d be today without Mandy,” she said. Despite living all the way across town for long periods during high school, Keyanna was never late and didn’t let the obstacles she faced keep her from succeeding in school. Mandy helped her get bus passes and provided ongoing support and encouragement, reminding Keyanna of her goals and what she needed to do to stay on track. This fall, Keyanna started her college career at the University of Texas and she will be the first in her family to attend a four-year university. Mandy has kept in touch with Keyanna since graduation and continues to cheer her on.

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.