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February 15, 2011

Mayor Gray Introduces POSSE Scholarship Winners 

Mayor Gray Introduces POSSE Scholarship Winners

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WASHINGTON -- Today Mayor Vincent C. Gray had the pleasure of introducing five students from a District of Columbia public charter school who are newly named recipients of a highly competitive national scholarship program.

The students – from Friendship Collegiate Academy Public Charter School – are winners of the Posse Scholarship, a four-year, full-tuition prize worth up to $140,000 per student over the course of their undergraduate education.

“We have some of the best, brightest, and most resilient youth right here in the District of Columbia,” said Mayor Gray, introducing the students during his weekly City Hall Press Briefing Feb. 15. “As we move forward in building ‘One City’, I will make a concerted effort to bring light to the positive stories of D.C. youth, honoring them for their achievements and good citizenship.”

Since 1989, the Posse Foundation has awarded scholarships to over 3,600 students nationwide. The scholarships support the winners from their senior year in high school to college graduation and beyond. The Posse Scholarship selection process is a three-phase, three-month long competition based on academics and leadership. This year, 1,600 students from nearly 100 high schools in the Posse D.C. region competed for 62 scholarships.

Friendship Collegiate Academy had the most Posse Scholarship winners this year of any high school not only in the District of Columbia, but in the Washington metropolitan region. They are:

Kiana Murphy, a Ward 8 resident, will attend the University of Wisconsin at Madison and plans to major in English and psychology. With a 3.96 GPA, Kiana has already earned 26 college credits. She earned a perfect score of 5 on the Advanced Placement U.S. Government and Politics Exam. She has performed nearly 200 hours of community service, is a member of the National Honor Society, a Writer-In-Residence at the D.C. Creative Writing Workshop, and serves as an intern with Great Schools D.C.

Rashad Price, a Ward 7 resident, will attend the University of Wisconsin at Madison and plans to major in kinesiology and biology. He has a 3.98 GPA and has already earned nearly a year’s worth of college credits while still in high school. He has performed over 200 hours of community service, is a member of the National Honor Society and the Debate Team. He attended a summer leadership program at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

Lisa Hubbard, a Ward 7 resident, will attend Bucknell University and plans to major in neuroscience and psychology. Lisa has a 3.98 GPA and has earned a year’s worth of college credits. She has performed nearly 400 hours of community service, is a member of National Honor Society, Student Government, and Dance Ensemble. She earned the AP Scholars Award from the College Board for passing three AP exams, including a perfect score of 5 on the U.S. Government and Politics Exam.

Kiyah Holloman, a Ward 5 resident, will attend Lafayette College and plans to major in business and Finance. Kiyah has a GPA of 3.71 and has earned 23 college credits while still in high school. She has attended Friendship Public Charter Schools since elementary school, and has performed nearly 200 hours of community service. Kiyah is a member of the Mayor’s Youth Leadership Institute, played varsity basketball, and is a member of the varsity cheerleading squad.

DeAnJilo Platt-Friday, a Ward 7 resident, will attend Pepperdine University and plans to major in emerging media and journalism. DeAnJilo has a 3.1 GPA and has earned 26 college credits while still in high school. He earned a perfect s score of 5 on the AP U.S. Government and Politics Exam. DeAnJilo has performed 200 hours of community service. He is vice president of Student Government, and a member of the Debate and Leadership Teams.

Friendship Collegiate Academy Public Charter School is a college preparatory high school serving students in grades nine through 12. It is located on Minnesota Avenue NE in Ward 7. It offers a comprehensive collegiate curriculum prepares students for college and the world of work in a global economy. Students benefit from a broad offering of dual-enrollment college courses, Advanced Placement and honors, as well as career academy courses that provide pathways in technology, allied health, engineering, pre-law and communication arts. Students in Friendship Collegiate Academy’s Early College Program graduate with a year or more in college credits through the University of the District of Columbia and University of Maryland, College Park.

Friendship Collegiate Academy graduates have a 100% college acceptance and a high rate of earning scholarships. So far this year, students in the Class of 2011 have won over $7 million in scholarships and grants, including 5 Posse Scholarships, 14 football scholarships, and 110 D.C. Achievers Scholarships.

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