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Broad Run Community Takes To Twitter -- Asks RGIII To Be Commencement Speaker

11:50 PM, Feb. 14, 2013 EST

Broad Run High hopes Redskins quarterback RGIII will speak at this year's commencement ceremony. Photo credit: Jennifer Cavanaugh / {}

ASHBURN, Va. (WUSA) -- Broad Run High School's Class of 2013 hopes to catch the attention of Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III via Twitter to request his participation in their commencement ceremony this coming June, the school's assistant principal Jennifer Cavanaugh told WUSA 9 via email on Thursday.

Cavanaugh said Griffin first made an impression on the Broad Run community in October 2012 when he made a surprise appearance at one of the school's home football games. 

Student Council Association President BJ Davis reached out to students through the school's video announcements and asked them to tweet at RGIII asking for his support of the annual Pink'd game. Sponsored by Broad Run DECA, the fundraiser benefits the Loudoun Breast Health Network. The Pink'd project, led by senior Will Metzfield and junior Emily Daley, has raised $8,000 this year so far, said Cavanaugh.

"I don't think we really expected him to come. I think it surprised the administration," Metzfield said. "The timing was perfect, really. We asked him to support our Pink'd game, which happened to be the week before [the Redskins' game], so I think we both benefitted in the big picture. But, he was coming to support the community."

In the days following Griffin's appearance, Cavanaugh says students and staff continued to show their support for RGIII and his fiancé via Twitter. Common hash tags included the words respect, class act, inspiration, and role model. The high school seniors aren't the only ones hoping for a commencement speech delivered by RGIII. The faculty at Broad Run is equally supportive given Griffin's academic achievements. 

"He not only portrays a positive image athletically," writes Joanne Casares, a reading specialist at Broad Run, "but also academically. His self-discipline on and off the field demonstrates what our students need to be successful in the future. Our students need to know that anything worthwhile in their lives takes hard work and commitment."

Griffin, a Baylor alumnus, who won the 2011 Heisman Trophy, lives in Loudoun County and recently won the Associated Press' Offensive Rookie of the Year award. 

The Broad Run community hopes their Twitter efforts will work a second time and the Redskins quarterback will make an apperance at the Ashburn school.

*Story modified from press release submitted by Jennifer Cavanaugh, Broad Run High School



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