Makayla Powell Makayla graduated from Northern High School. She is supported by her parents, Elisha McLawhorn and John Powell, who live in Lakewood.
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Brenda Nehatobaye Nelem
Brenda graduated from Jordan High School. She is supported by her parents, Nehatobaye Jacques and Denebaye Lydie.
During my time [at Jordan], I enjoyed almost everything. I enjoyed classes with my friends, chatting during lunches and getting to improve my English every day. I was a manager for the Lady Falcons basketball last year; I took dance class for four years; I was on the Fierce Falcons dance team. I was in the French club, and I graduated with honors. I didn’t get to celebrate my graduation the way I had hoped, but my family still did a little something for me. We ate, drank and danced at home, just us. My plans are to study nursing at North Carolina Central University and hopefully one day be a nurse.
Bilal Mangal Bilal graduated from Jordan High School. He is supported by his parents, Raayata Mangal and Yousaf Mangal.
We are from Kabul, Afghanistan. I liked my teacher and friends [at Jordan], and I miss high school so much. I was involved in the National Honor Society. My family celebrated my graduation [by giving] me gifts, and we went to Jordan Lake to cook something for everyone. My plan is to go to Durham Technical Community College. I want to get an associate [degree] in science because I want to transfer to a university for computer science. PHOTO BY MICK SCHULTE
Makayla [was] a student-athlete in middle and high school ([she’s played] soccer since the age of 6). She is Appalachian State University-bound as a psychology major, with intentions of creating a program for young adults to feel safe and understood while navigating through adolescence and teenage years. Makayla is a self-motivated woman; she has worked part time at Chick-fil-A since her freshman year. She is funny, loving and loyal, and the best friend you will ever have. We are so excited to see what her future holds, and we wish her love and laughter in whatever she does. Congratulations, NHS Class of 2020, experiencing this challenging time dubs you the class name: Most Adaptable Class Ever!
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