Brag on Your Grad: Celebrating 2020 Graduates in DC, Maryland and Virginia

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Congratulations to these triplets, Makayla J. Butler, Monique J. Butler and Jaylen R. Butler. All siblings are graduating from West Lake High School.

Makayla is an artist who have been honored for her paintings.  Makayla’s proud parents say Makayla has a very high GPA.  Makayla has interests in politics, criminal investigation, and chemistry. After graduation, Makayla will attend college.

Monique has played several piano solo pieces for West lake High School band. Monique is interested in becoming a music teacher. Monique’s parents say Monique is great with multi media. After graduation, Monique will attend college.

Jaylen (male) has strong computer skills.  Jaylen’s proud parents say he well in the computer arena.  Jaylen loves motorcycles, airplanes, and cars. After graduation, Jaylen will enlist with the Marines.

Nicole L Hillie is graduating from the University of District of Columbia.
Nicoles mother Joann Butler says shes starting an IT business. Joann says Nicole is a very bright and intelligent person. She has very strong IT skills. Nicole holds several IT certifications along with a Project Management certification.
Alayna Hurst is graduating from Briar Woods High School. Alayna was the captain of    her  color guard during her senior year and led her team in the best ways. Alayna is an A-B honor roll student and participated in Tri-M for her junior and senior year of high school. She is very caring and finds joy in helping others.  After Graduation, Alayna is headed to Middle  Tennessee State University to study Music Business
Richardson Phan is graduating from Langley High School. Richardson’s family prayed for a son who was kind and we got so much more. Richardson spends his spare time making sandwiches and feeding the homeless in shelters, at Franklin Park, and around DC bridges.  Richardson was an easy baby, never cried or fussy and always with a smile showing his dimples. Richardson still kisses his mommy goodnight and tells his parents he loves them several times a day.  Richardson’s family couldn’t be more proud of the young man he has become and of his selflessness.   After graduation, Richardson is heading to Penn State to pursue a B.S. Pre-Medicine Major.  Richardson is aspiring to be a future doctor providing medical services for our veterans and the less fortunate in our communities.
Natalie Bryant is graduating from 5th grade at the Francis Scott Key Elementary School - lovingly referred to as Escuela Key - in Arlington VA. Natalie’s proud parents say Natalie is an avid writer of fun stories, a comedian who loves to make people laugh, and a talented lacrosse and basketball player. Though this pandemic prevents her from celebrating her promotion/graduation from elementary school in a couple weeks, this fearless lass is looking to the future with a smile and hope! At the end of the summer she’ll begin Gunston Middle School where she’ll continue in the Arlington Public School’s Spanish language immersion program.

Madison Miller is graduating from  Saint Vincent Pallotti High School. Madison’s mom says that Madison finished high school strong with a 4.14 average for her second semester. Madison turned 18 years old in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic.  Madison will be joining the class of 2024 at Bowie State University where she will study Psychology and Sociology.
Madison McKenzie Welborn  is graduating from Edmund Burke School. Madison is an honor roll student with a 3.7 GPA  and was a point guard on the varsity basketball team and a member of the PVAC  3 Time Champion Edmund Burke Softball Team for 3 years. She also played soccer and volleyball.
Member of Black Student Union, Vice President of the school's Film Club. Madison plans to pursue her passion of post film production at Chapman University's Dodge School of Film and Media Arts in Orange County, California. Madison’s dream is to be lead editor on a Oscar nominated film.
Libby Brehm is graduating from Newark Goal Digital Academy.
Kyler Grant is graduating from Hardy Middle School in Washington, D.C. Kyler’s proud family says that Kyler is an Honor Roll Student all 3 years, a Robotics Team Member, plays the Saxophone, Tennis & Basketball. Kyler is continuing his education at Banneker High School, Washington, DC
Jayla Bobo is graduating from Friendly High School in Prince George’s County Public Schools and has maintained above a 3.3 GPA.  During Jayla’s senior year at Friendly High School, Jayla became Homecoming Queen, Cheerleader, Mentor for Peer Group Connections, and has made Honor Roll all three quarters.   Jayla has attended three high schools in four years: Suitland High School, Bowie High School, & now Friendly High School.  While at those schools, Jayla had the support of her Principals, Assistant Principals, Professional School Counselors, and Teachers. This fall, Jayla plans to attend Morgan State University and major in Early Childhood Education. Jayla wants to join the field as an educator like her mother.  Jayla’s proud mother thanks the “village” that helped raise her daughter.
Hemingway Jernigan is graduating High School from Briar Woods High School in Ashburn, Virginia.  Hemingway will be attending University of Alabama in the fall. Hemingway’s parents say they are not just proud of her accomplishments in high school but are eager for all the amazing things she'll do in college.
Daniel Perez-Lazarte is graduating from the University of Virginia’s Graduate School of Engineering and Applied Science. Daniel’s mother says that Daniel graduated with a Masters Degree in Computer Science, and will be working as a Software Engineer and Research Assistant. Daniel originally graduated with his bachelor from the University of Virginia in 2019 and was able to complete his Master’s program in 1 year. Daniel graduated as Summa Cum Laude with a cumulative GPA of 3.93.
Charmi Yeddu is graduating High School from Briar Woods High School in Ashburn, Virginia. After graduation, Charmi plans to attend George Mason University majoring in Management Information system. Charmi’s parents are proud of her achievements may it be academic, social, or other. Charmi’s parents acknowledge that her senior year did not turn out to be what she expected but they are in awe of how she handled it. Her parents know that Charmi will succeed in everything she puts her mind to. Charmi’s parents say that she is strong, competent, smart, and beautiful young lady, and they wish you all the best for her future achievements.
Tamiah Mobley is graduating from Charles Herbert Flowers High School in the Class of 2020. Tamiah’s proud mother, Annie, says that Tamiah will be attending Prince George’s Community College.
Robin Stevens graduating in the Class of 2020 from Wakefield High School in Arlington, Virginia.  Robin’s proud mother says that Robin will be attending Spelman College.
Jonathan Alexander Monroe is graduating from West Virginia University with Bachelors of Science in Business Administration and Management. Jonathan graduated from DeMatha and was born and raised in Prince George’s County. Jonathon currently serves as Regional Assistant Vice President for the Midwest Region of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Jonathon’s mom says that Jonathon will be starting at Microsoft as a Talent Sourcer in Seattle, Washington in August.
Creighton's Corner Elementary School’s counselors want to congratulate all 144 fifth grade students graduating in 2020. The Creighton Colts will attend 4 different middle schools: Brambleton Middle School, Stone Hill Middle School, Willard Intermediate School, and Harmony Middle School. Creighton's Corner has about 1,200 students and is the first Leader in Me school in Loudoun County. School Counselor Amy Starr says the Creighton Elementary 5th grade students demonstrate leadership daily though words, actions, and positive language. The 5th grade class had 70 Safety Patrols who synergized to think Win-Win daily at arrival & dismissal. Twenty of the Creighton’s Corner 5th Grade students participated in the Rock Ridge High School PEER Partnership with Creighton's Corner. The Creighton Colts celebrate custodians and cafeteria workers every year in December for the last 4 years.
Congratulations to Carmen Rene from her grandmother.
Marisa Paloma Williams, is graduating from the Montgomery Blair High School Communication Arts Program (CAP) program.  At Blair High School, Marisa was on the tennis team for three years, wrote and then edited for the Blair newspaper, "Silver Chips," was deemed an "Outstanding Astronomy Student," and graduated with an excellent GPA.  Paloma’s mother is proud to say that Paloma will be attending the University of Southern California where she will study Architecture.  Paloma turns 18 in September, she loves the ocean and California arts and culture.
Michaela James-Thrower is graduating from St. Andrew’s Episcopal School. After graduation, Michaela will attend Sewanee, The University of the South, as a Posse Scholar. Michaela received a fellowship in the Arts award, and the William Randolph Hearst Scholarship Service Learning Scholarship from the Episcopal Church. Michaela also received the Minnie Louise Anderson Young Scholarship from St. George’s Episcopal Church and the Equitable Excellence Scholarship. During Senior Awards, Michaela received the Head of School award from her Head of School, Robert Kosasky, for her leadership during her time as a student at St. Andrew’s. Michaela’s family is very proud of all her accomplishments.
Hallie Nichols is graduating from William & Mary College with a B.S. in Kinesiology. Hallie will be taking a gap year to coach in Loudoun County before going to graduate school focused on Exercise Physiology in 2021. Hallie was on the West Virginia University Rowing team before transferring to William & Mary her sophomore year.  Hallie had a 10-week internship this Spring with an elite sports performance group in Texas where she assisted training athletes who competed in the NFL Combine. Hallie’s mother is proud of her accomplishments and future ahead.
Kayla Woolford is graduating from Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women and she is also a member of the Lethal Ladies of BLSYW S.T.E.P Team.  Kayla is an ambassador for Roberta's House where she assists students at her school cope with losing a loved one.  Kayla is also an ambassador for the Black Girls Global Exchange where she travels to Africa to engage in a cultural exchange with her sisters from another continent.  Kayla’s proud mother says Kayla’s heart is as wide as the ocean, and that her  natural instinct is to love and help whomever she can. Kayla will be attending Morgan State University in the fall.
Congratulations to Sanil Jain from his mother.
Joshua Meka is graduating from St. John’s University, Queen, NY with his B.S. in Film and Television Production. Joshua was on the Dean’s List all 4 years, and is a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success, Sigma Alpha Phi.  Joshua received his TV Studio Production certification from DCTV last summer. Joshua’s proud mother says that Joshua is an accomplished editor/videographer who completed an internship with FUBU’s CEO Daymond John (The Shark Group) this past year.
Trinity McDonald is graduating from Kindergarten at Houston Elementary School located in Washington, D.C. Trinity is the 6th child out of 8 children. Trinity plans to enjoy her summer and return to school so that she can meet her new teacher as well as her new classmates. Trinity’s proud mother says that Trinity is a very smart and determined child who loves to explore new things and ways to play. Trinity’s  two parents and seven siblings love her and are very proud of her.
Arnae McDonald is graduating 5th grade from Houston Elementary School located in Washington, D.C.  Arnae' plans to enjoy her time off for summer vacation so that when she approaches middle school,  she will be able to take it on with hard work and fun. Arnae’s mom says that Arnae plans to graduate middle and high school to pursue art and design. Arnae’ enjoys spending her time drawing and making things from scratch. Arnae' is shy, caring, and loves to learn new things. Arnae’s  two parents and seven siblings love her and are very proud of her.
Ta'Nina Bivins is graduating with her Bachelor's in Child Adolescence Study from Bowie State University. Ta’Nina is planning to attend Towson University for her Masters in Occupational Therapy. Ta'Nina’s proud mother, Lakeyna Thomas, says that Ta’Nina is a fun-loving young lady and can put a smile on anyone's face. Ta’Nina’s is the first to graduate from college in her family.
Jordan Fields is graduating from South Lakes High School in Reston, Virginia. Jordan plans to attend Northern Virginia Community College and to become an engineer. At South Lakes, Jordan sang tenor in the high school chorus and traveled with the choir to DisneyWorld in Orlando, Florida to perform. Jordan’s proud aunt says that Jordan looks forward to embarking on the next chapter of his life.
Remar Reid-Johnson is graduating from Kipp College Prep Charter High School in Washington, D.C. Remar will be attending Delaware State University in the fall.  Remar’s grandmother says that Remar is very compassionate when it comes to his family. Remar’s grandmother says he has a great personality and is very talented. Remar played various instruments in his middle school orchestra, played JV& Varsity basketball in high school and helped win the DCSAA  Boys Class A State Championship.  Remar is very thoughtful and checks in on his Grandmother, who says he deserves nothing but the best.
Kyle Kingsberry is graduating from Bethesda Chevy Chase High School. Kyle will be attending Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida in the Fall. Kyle’s proud parents say that Kyle received his private pilot’s license while in high school, as well as the Montgomery County NAACP scholarship award.
JoAnne Fischer is graduating from George Washington University with a Masters in Homeland Security. JoAnne has started her second Masters in Cybersecurity Strategy at George Washington University with projected graduation in May 2021.
Aniyah J. Berry is a graduate of Central High School in the Class of 2020.  Aniyah’s mother and brother are extremely proud of her and her accomplishments. Aniyah studied Russian and French. Aniyah is also a United States Youth Ambassador, passed the Delf exam, and is fluent in French. Aniyah received an award from the French Ministry of Education once she passed the Delf exam. Aniyah will be attending PGCPC to obtain her bachelor’s degree. She will then transfer to Maryland University to major in Linguistics. Aniyah’s loving family knows that she will be successful in all her future endeavors.
Adrian Duvall Jr. graduated from North Point High School in Waldorf, Maryland. Adrian’s mother, Liz Duvall, is proud of his accomplishments. After graduation, Adrian plans to join the apprenticeship program for Elevator/Escalators for WMATA.
Malia Fowler is graduating Kindergarten from Maya Angelou French Immersion School in Temple Hills, Maryland. Malia is learning French as a second language. Malia’s proud parents say she loves being a big sister and dancing to Tik Tok videos.
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