Spotlight on C-SD’s Rip Cornish

Submitted to Dorchester Banner/DCPS
Rip Cornish is a freshman at Cambridge-South Dorchester High School, whose name and talents are becoming known throughout the state.

CAMBRIDGE — A local student has had a big week indeed.

“Meet Rip Cornish, a freshman at Cambridge-South Dorchester High School and a young man about whom you’ll be hearing a lot in the future,” a statement from the school said. On Tuesday, he was part of the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education’s Youth Congress Day in Annapolis. There, he met DJ QuickSilva, who emceed the luncheon, who was so impressed with Rip’s positive message and speaking ability that he invited him to be on his radio show.

So on Friday, Rip will be on “The QuickSilva Show,” which broadcasts from 3-7 p.m. on WKYS/Washington DC 93.9 and WERQ/92Q Baltimore 92.3 FM, at around 6:35 p.m.

And in the middle of this busy week, Rip found out he will be Good Day Delmarva’s Student of the Week starting Monday. Good Day Delmarva broadcasts each day from 7-8 a.m. on Fox21, WBOC’s sister station.

“Founded in 1992, the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education (MBRT) is a coalition of leading employers that have made a long-term commitment to support education reform and improve student achievement in Maryland,” the group’s website says. “More than 3,000 volunteers work with MBRT on efforts to ensure that Maryland students are well prepared to succeed in the 21st century. We support and work to improve key elements of school reform through leadership changes in the legislature, the executive office, and State Board of Education.”

DJ QuickSilva has been featured on several major radio stations, and has also been associated with marketing of clothing and drinks. Maybe a bit like Rip, he got an early start — born Rico Silva in East Baltimore, QuickSilva was inspired to become a DJ at the age of 10 after watching the 1980s film Beat Street.

He was named number 1 DJ in D.C. and the number 12 DJ in the country out of the top 30 DJs in the U.S. by The Source Magazine. He has toured with hometown radio personality and singer Lil’ Mo.

Influential contacts in business and entertainment, gained through his classes at Cambridge-South Dorchester — and young Mr. Cornish is still a freshman.

“We love it when our students are recognized!” the statement from Dorchester County Public Schools said.