Future Entrepreneur D’Ariel Myrick is Booker T. Washington’s 2015 Salutatorian

At a young age, D’Ariel Myrick seemed to thrive on knowledge. She began walking and talking at an early age and by elementary school years, she was allowed to visit upper grade levels, settling in the gifted program where she was challenged beyond her imagination. In 6th grade, D’Ariel found her true calling—writing. By 2011,... Continue Reading →

Booker T. Washington’s 2015 Valedictorian DeVaughn Davis plans to attend The Ohio State University

DeVaughn Marcel Davis began his education in Atlanta Public Schools. He attended Fickett Elementary, Brown Middle, and is currently the Valedictorian of the historic Booker T. Washington High School. He has been ranked the top student of his graduating class since his freshman year. Currently, he is dually-enrolled at Georgia State University where he boasts... Continue Reading →

Keiyitho Omonuwa is the 2015 Valedictorian of Therrell School of Technology, Engineering, Math & Science

Keiyitho Omonuwa moved to Atlanta in 5th grade with her mother and younger sister. She is the captain of the varsity swim team, the drill team squad commander, and a class leader in the Student Government Association. Keiyitho is also a member of the Shakespeare play cast, and a high scorer in the Academic Decathlon.... Continue Reading →

Future Dentist Ziana Townsend is Therrell School of Law, Government & Public Policy’s 2015 Salutatorian

  Ziana Townsend’s philosophy about life comes from a quote by Robert Frost: “In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.” Her ultimate goal is to have her own dental practice—using her gifts to motivate and inspire both the young and elderly to be more confident and positive... Continue Reading →

Valedictorian of Therrell School of Law, Government & Public Policy Shannon Harris Hopes to Find a Cure for Cancer

Shannon Harris has encountered several different obstacles at D.M. Therrell High School. Obstacles that have the potential to make many adults give up on life. Despite these hurdles, Shannon has remained triumphant. Someone once said, “When we meet real tragedy in life, we can react in two ways-either by losing hope or by using the... Continue Reading →

Maynard Jackson’s Valedictorian Atia Butts Plans to Attend Georgia Tech and Study International Affairs

Atia Butts has managed to maintain a 4.0 GPA for the entirety of her high school career, partaking in Advanced Placement courses as well as International Baccalaureate courses her junior and senior year. Rigor is no stranger to Atia as she also participated in Emory’s Pre-College program for Evolutionary Biology, Summer Math and Science Enrichment... Continue Reading →

Future Chemist Robert Leon is the 2015 Salutatorian of North Atlanta High

Robert Leon is fascinated by the nuances, recent discoveries, and basic understanding of science, yet the other side of his personality is very passionate about music. Expanding the vision he had before in music as a pleasant experience, he grew to understand more of its characteristics—falling in love with the essence of classical music through... Continue Reading →

Benjamin E. Mays Valedictorian Angel Gabriel has plans to study Neuroscience and African American Studies

Angel Gabriel is proud to be the Valedictorian of Benjamin E. Mays High School. This year, Angel participated in the Dual Enrollment Accel Program at Georgia State University where she was inducted into Georgia State University’s chapter of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. With roots in New Orleans, Angel debuted as a maid and... Continue Reading →

Benjamin E. Mays Salutatorian Maria Gallo-Blanco is headed to Texas A&M as a Posse Scholar

Maria Gallo-Blanco is the daughter of Antonio Gallo and Derly Blanco. Maria grew up in a small village close to the coast of Acapulco Gro, Mexico. She spent her childhood mastering the English language after immigrating to the United States at the age of eight. With hopes of starting her own nonprofit organization in the... Continue Reading →

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