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 mailed at least one application to college. 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 applied to college. 

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

The Class of 2022 has already submitted more than 350 applications. Seniors are applying to schools around the country including the 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 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 during the 2020-21 school year, the March to the Mailbox event was replaced with a modified virtual version called "I Hit Submit" to celebrate students during virtual learning. Since the college application process is now almost fully online, Jackson shared that the College Counseling Department may combine the two themes for future events to reflect current times. 

Best of luck to the Class of 2022!