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A Scholar on the Rise: Fanta Sumaoro

Fanta Sumaoro is an ambitious eighth grade student blazing her own trail toward a successful future. This model CCCS student has recently been accepted into ninth grade at The Baldwin School, a prestigious private school for girls that has been a noted fixture in Bryn Mawr for 135 years.

Mark Battinieri, who is currently CCCS’s Chief Operating Officer but previously served as the school’s first Director of High School Search and Selection, notes that The Baldwin School is one of the leading academic institutions in a community renowned for the quality of its private schools. “Seeing Fanta accepted to Baldwin demonstrates that CCCS students have limitless potential,” he says, adding, “It also makes me proud of the effort between the Chester community and our school to help students realize educational empowerment.”

Early in her academic career, Fanta was an enthusiastic learner who received advanced academic instruction through CCCS’s enrichment program and honors-level courses. “Growing up I’ve consistently earned good grades, and was always looking to make my family proud. I knew I wanted to attend a school with a challenging curriculum that could offer me limitless opportunities,” Fanta recalls.

Dr. David Clark, CEO of CCCS, comments that, “Fanta is a shining example of what all students can achieve.  She is a role model for her fellow CCCS students and she is setting a high bar for performance that everyone should aim for.”

Her older brother has played an instrumental role in Fanta’s life. “He’s my role model,” Fanta says. “My brother currently attends The Haverford School and introduced me to Baldwin.”  After a tour of the campus, Fanta was captivated by the learning community. She looks forward to the many electives Baldwin offers, such as sculpture, and to participating in student clubs like Black Student Union.

Fanta proudly recalls the unforgettable moment when she received the news about her acceptance into Baldwin. “When I got home from school, my mom had a huge smile on her face and had a special meal waiting. And as we were getting ready to eat, mom broke the news about my acceptance. My whole family and I cheered and cried.  We were all so happy.”

Fanta’s mother is overjoyed and immensely proud of her daughter commenting that, “Fanta is very studious, always has been. I want her to know that nothing is out of her reach; she can accomplish anything.”

Mr. Magro, Fanta’s eighth grade homeroom and math teacher, described Fanta’s success like this: “Fanta’s dedication to being successful in her academics is apparent every day. She arrives at school motivated and she studies with discipline. She showcases her skills every day. Fanta is a tremendous student and an even better person. Her drive is impeccable and contagious to her fellow students, making her a true peer-role model. Fanta will be successful in anything that she decides to pursue in life, which makes going to Baldwin a no-brainer. I am confident Fanta will do her best to be one of the top students in the school. Her tremendous mindset and her drive to accomplish are only the foundation for her success.”

When asked if she had any tips or words of advice for her peers, Fanta replied, “Follow your own path; don’t allow outside forces to distract you.”

This optimistic student is openminded about what the future holds for her. She hopes to go on to attend an Ivy League institution such as Princeton University after graduating from Baldwin. Until then, Fanta maintains a high-ranking GPA and is preparing for the next step in her educational journey. CCCS congratulates Fanta Sumaoro and wishes her the best of luck at Baldwin next year!