APS students named as W.E.B. Du Bois scholars

Congratulations to those APS students who were recently among the 32 metro Atlanta high school students named W.E.B. Du Bois scholars for the 2009-10 school year. They are: Brooke Smith, Jared Valliar and Khiry Walker (Frederick Douglass HS); Tamara Mason, Nia Williams (Grady HS); Michael Byrd II, Briana Franklin, Arielle Leonard, Jacoby Shipmon, Austin Smith; and Miaya Faniel (South Atlanta School of Computer Animation & Design).

Learn more about the program from the press release after the jump …

As the W.E.B. Du Bois Society enters its sixth year of engaging black students to transform perceptions of academic excellence the organization announces the selection of its new class of Du Bois Scholars.  Thirty-two metro Atlanta students, representing twelve public and private high schools, will participate in this year’s class of the W.E.B. Du Bois Society’s signature program—The WEB. The WEB is a year-long program for high achieving black high school students who attend metro Atlanta schools who are working to inspire their peers to succeed in school.

During the experience, students hone essential personal habits to assure success throughout their high school and college careers; receive firsthand insights and motivation from accomplished executives, academics, public figures and Du Bois Fellows—African American undergraduates who intern with the organization; and lead programs to actively motivate their peers and younger students’ to become more successful students.  Half of the students in this year’s class attend Atlanta Public Schools.

“These are economically and geographically diverse groups of students who, in addition to excelling in the classroom, are musicians, athletes, dancers, writers, actors, and more,” says Etienne LeGrand, president and co-founder of the W.E.B. Du Bois Society.  “Through their participation in The WEB, they will not only acquire the skills, support and motivation to advance their own academic pursuits, but they are also joining a student-led movement to transform the way black teens, black families and black communities think about and reward academic achievement.”

Students who participate in the program earn the designation of “W.E.B. Du Bois Scholars”.  Scholars are selected based on their academic track record and willingness to join a movement to eliminate the academic achievement gap between black students and their white and Asian peers.  The following students were accepted into the W.E.B. Du Bois Society 2010 Class of Du Bois Scholars:

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