Class of 2022 March to the Mailbox

  • Seniors

On November 3, 2021, Capital City’s Class of 2022 took part in our annual March to the Mailbox. During this event, the entire school celebrated the senior class as they each mail at least one college application. The 79 students of the Class of 2022 took part in a procession throughout the school where lower grade students and staff cheered them on as they submitted their applications. 

According to Bridget Jackson, the Director of College Counseling and Alumni Services at Capital City, March to the Mailbox is beneficial for the whole school community. 

“The goal is to create a ripple effect. Applying to college is worthy of celebration, but normalizing it as a part of the high school experience for lower school and middle school students will pay dividends for future graduating students,” said Jackson. “It begins the college conversation early for the 80 percent of our school population who will be first-generation college-goers.

Bridget Jackson

So far this year, the Class of 2022 has reported submitting more than 350 applications. All students are required to apply to at least one local school, and submissions this year included schools around the country – including UDC, University of Maryland, Sewanee: The University of the South, Boston College, Florida A&M University, Trinity Washington University, and Brown, to name a few. 

This annual rite of passage started in 2013 as part of Capital City’s participation in the American College Application Campaign and OSSE’s College Week Activities, and has continued since then to include the whole school community. In 2014, First Lady Michelle Obama was in attendance for the celebration and she congratulated the school for their efforts in making college and higher education more accessible to students in Washington, D.C. 

Last year, the March to the Mailbox event was replaced with a modified version called “I Hit Submit” since students were learning virtually during the school year 2020-21. Jackson said since the college application process is now almost fully online, in the future the College Counseling Department may combine the two themes to reflect current times. 

Best of luck to the Class of 2022!