June 08, 2011

Mayor Gray, Acting Chancellor Laud Students for Earning Prestigious Academic Achievements 

Six Graduating Seniors Earn Gates Scholarship; 14 Receive Associate’s Degrees in GWU Program

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Mayor Vincent C. Gray joined Acting Chancellor Kaya Henderson today in recognizing two special groups of DC Public Schools graduating seniors.                                    

Six Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) and 14 George Washington University Early College Program participants were applauded at Mayor Gray’s weekly press briefing in recognition of their academic achievement.

Of the eight District of Columbia GMS selected, six hail from DC public schools:

- Kenrry Alvarado, Bell Multicultural High - Barbara Leary, School Without Walls
- Samantha Dewar, Banneker Academic High - Ubochioma Ukaegbu, Banneker Academic High
- Asia Goode, Duke Ellington School of Arts - Andre Williams, Anacostia Senior High

 

The Gates Millennium Scholars Program, the nation’s largest scholarship program, is awarding scholarships to 1,000 students this year to cover all their unmet needs through graduation.

"Winning a Gates Millennium Scholarship is an incredible honor and these students should be extremely proud of their accomplishments," said Acting Chancellor Henderson. "This scholarship ranks our students among the top in the nation."

Also honored were the 14 inaugural members of the Early College Program at School Without Walls.  Upon graduation from Walls on June 13, all 14 students will have earned a high school diploma as well as an associate's degree from The George Washington University, enabling most to complete their bachelor's degrees in two years.

Those students are:

Suwratul Abdullah

Fabien Navidi-Kasmai

Hayley Andrews

Erica Lamberson

Natalia Brito

Henry Liu

Antarah Crawley

Nina Liu

Gabriela Cruz

Pernilla Persson

Tyrec Grooms

Gabrielle Russell

Sarah Hillware

Naomi Wilkins

"These outstanding students do the District of Columbia proud with their accomplishments, and prove that the D.C. Public Schools offer a first-rate education for those willing to work hard and dream big," Mayor Gray said. "As a grateful product of this city's public schools myself, I salute them and wish them continued achievement and success in their college studies."

This 2011 class is the first cohort of the School Without Walls George Washington University Early College Program.  Qualified students must apply and be accepted to the university through their traditional admissions process.  Once accepted, they complete their high school graduation requirements while simultaneously earning their associate's degree on-campus at the university.

Dr. Sheila Harris, director of the GW Early College Program and former principal at School Without Walls, is excited by the students’ achievement and the program’s early success.

“From the beginning, I had every confidence that our students were more than capable of achieving extraordinary things,” said Harris. “I am extremely pleased and very proud of our students. What they have accomplished speaks volumes about the talent and potential that walks the halls of our schools each and every day.”

Brief biographies on each of the Gates Millennium Scholars and GW Early College Graduates are available on the DCPS website.

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