This past Saturday was “American Graduate Day” throughout East Baton Rouge Parish. Mayor Kip Holden issued the proclamation at a reception recognizing local American Graduate champions at Louisiana Public Broadcasting Sept. 30.

The proclamation and reception also celebrated LPB’s two segments in the fourth annual “American Graduate Day 2015,” which aired Saturday and celebrated individuals and groups from across the country helping local youth stay on track to college and career success.

LPB was the only station in the country with two segments in the seven-hour telecast hosted by Soledad O’Brien. The first featured Shauna Sanford, of LPB’s “Louisiana: The State We’re In,” interviewing Dominique Ricks on how the Baton Rouge Youth Coalition helped him secure a full scholarship to the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She also interviewed coalition Executive Director Lucas Spielfogel.

The second segment profiled the LSU College of Engineering’s XCITE Summer Camp for high-school girls during the broadcast’s hour-long focus on STEM (science, technology and math). The weeklong camp allows ninth- through 11th-grade girls to participate in a week of hands-on engineering activities with the aim to encourage enrollment in one of the university’s STEM degree programs.

“American Graduate Day” is part of the “American Graduate: Let’s Make it Happen” media initiative made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to “help communities implement solutions to the high school dropout crisis.”

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