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2006 Schol ar s


KomiAkoumany Cent r alHi ghSchool " Mymot i vat i onwasver ysi mpl e.Iknew t hatIwoul dhavet ost udyhar dnomat t er

whatt heci r cumst ances.Iknewi twasgoi ng t obedi f f i cul t ,butIj usthadt odoi t ;nobody wasgoi ngt odoi tf orme.Asar esul tI ’ m her ei nt heUni t edSt at est oday ,r ecei vi ng t hi sawar d.Whowoul dhaveevert hought t hatme,Komi Akoumanyf r om Togo,woul d gett hi sf ar ! "


El i zabet hCer ezo Nor t hwes t er nHi ghSchool ( Bal t i mor eCi t y) " At1 1,Ideci dedt ol ear nt hebusr out esso t hatIwoul dn’ tbel ef twi t ht heexcuset hat Ic oul dn’ tgett oschool .AsIgr ewol der ,I changedmyhabi tofsi t t i ngi nf r ontoft he t el evi si ont odomyhomewor k.Atschool , mypeer shadnoi deaoft hest r uggl eIwas goi ngt hr oughbecauseIf oundst r engt h wi t hi nmysel ft omai nt ai naposi t i veout l ook onl i f eandbeaver ygr egar i ousper son. Ideci dedear l yi nmychi l dhoodt hatI woul dn’ tl ett heci r cumst ancest hat sur r oundedmedi ct at emyf ut ur e. "


Kei yonnaBr ooks West er nHi ghSchool " Herabi l i t yt ogr aspi deasandt hi nk cr i t i cal l yhasear nedt her espectofher peer saswel lashert eacher sand admi ni st r at or s.Kei yonnadi spl aysmany at t r i but est hatwi l lhel pherbecomean upst andi ngadul t .Shel i st enst oot her s andshehasexcel l entr appor twi t hher peer sandf acul t ymember s.Kei yonna t r i esver yhar dt ohel panyonei nt hei rt i me ofneed. "


DE' angel aBoone Fai r montHei ght sHi ghSc hool " Iam dest i nedt obet hef i r stcol l ege gr aduat enotj usti nmyi mmedi at ef ami l y , buti nmyent i r ef ami l y .Iknowt heI ncent i ve Awar dsPr ogr am wi l lhel pmesomuchwi t h gui dancet hr oughoutcol l egeandmakeme f eelast houghIhaveaf ami l yawayf r om home.I twi l lt akeaheavybur denof fofmy f ami l y’ sshoul der s,andputmeont her i ght pat ht owar dt hef ut ur ecar eergoal st hatI havesetf ormysel f . "


Rober tDougl as Bal t i mor eCi t yCol l ege Hi ghSchool " Iexpectt of acemanychal l engesi n col l ege.Ast udentat t endi ngal ar ge uni ver si t ymustf i ndhi sni che,par t i ci pat i ng i nappr opr i at eext r acur r i cul arandhal l ac t i vi t i est oensur ehebecomesapar tof t heuni ver si t ycommuni t y .Iwi l lbet hef i r st i nmyf ami l yt ogot ocol l ege,soIknowI wi l lhaveuni quechal l engest hatImust

pr epar ef or .Butwi t hal loft hesechal l enges, Iam pr epar edt ot akeeachoneheadon andconquert hem t hebestwayf i t .Wi t h t her i ghtmi ndsetandt her i ghtt ool st o succeed,IknowIcanhandl et he chal l engest hatcol l egewi l lt hr owatme. "


T' nai j aDi ckens PaulL.DunbarHi ghSchool " Anaspi r i ngobst et r i ci an/ gynecol ogi st , shewant st of ur t herdevel opt hear t i f i ci al wombt oenabl eembr yost ogr owout si de ofawoman’ sbody .Thr oughheracademy atDunbarHi ghSchool ,T’ Nai j abecame cer t i f i edi nCPRandasaf i r str esponder ; sheal soser vedasanemer gencymedi cal t ec hni ci anwi t ht heBal t i mor eFi r e Depar t ment .Event hr ought hewor stof t i mes,T’ Nai j amai nt ai nedaboveaver age gr ades,apl easantat t i t udeandr emai ned goal or i ent ed. "


Anast asi aHal l Di gt alHar borHi ghSc hool " Anast asi ai sar esi l i entyoungwomanwho hasbeent hr oughani nor di nat eamountof per sonalst r i f eandt r auma.Thr oughi tal l , shecamet oschoolandmai nt ai nedher goodst udentst andi ngandGPA.Thi si s nosmal lf eat ,si nceshehadt ot r avel ac r osst heci t y ,t aki ngmul t i pl ebuses. Andmostamazi ngl y ,sheal waysar r i ved i nacheer f ulmood,eagert ol ear n. "


JameceHacket t For estPar kHi ghSchool " Bei ngi nanewenvi r onmentt hatal l ows met omakemyowndeci si onswi l lbequi t e di f f er entf r om bei ngathome.Iexpectt hat t hewor kl oadwi l lbeext r emel ychal l engi ng, es peci al l yi nt hef i el dofbi ochemi st r y .I t hi nkIcanover comet hi schal l engeby doi ngt hesamet hi ngIdi dwhenIent er ed hi ghschool .Iment al l ypr epar edmysel fso t hewor kwoul dn’ tbemuchofashockt o me.Ial sodi dn’ tpr ocr ast i nat e.Ipl ant ouse t hesamest r ongwor ket hi ct opr epar eme t ot akeont hechal l engesofcol l egel i f e. "


Mar i aVasquez Nor t hwes t er nHi ghSchool ( Pr i nc eGeor ge’ sCount y) " Ienvi si onmyl i f east henextDr .Sandr a Ri ver a,Lor et t aSanchezorDebor ah RosadoShaw.Ipl ant or eachoutt ot he

Lat i nocommuni t yandhel punder r epr esent edandi mmi gr antcommuni t i es. Iwantt obeaposi t i ver ol emodeland somedaysponsoracademi candwor k cooper at i vepr ogr amst ar get i ngunder r epr esent edst udent s.Asar esul tofmy ai d,t her ewi l lbeachangei nt hel ow numberofmi nor i t yst udent spur sui ng hi ghereducat i onandachangei nl ow vot ert ur nout s,whi chwi l lr esul ti n chal l engi ngt he“ upperhand. ”


Ant oni oTyson Cent r alHi ghSchool " If avormat hasasubj ectbecausepr obl em sol vi ngst i mul at esmymi ndandpr epar es met obecomeanexcel l entcr i t i calt hi nker . Ial soexceli nbei ngar espect f ul , r es ponsi bl eandr easonabl eper son.I ’ m

goodatunder st andi ngot herpeopl e’ spoi nt s ofvi eweveni fIdon’ tagr eewi t ht hem. "


Mi chaelSmoot Mer gent hal erVocat i onal T echni calHi ghSchool " I naway ,t heent i r econceptofgoi ngt o col l egei sscar y .Iwi l lsoonbecomeaf i r st gener at i oncol l egest udent ,soI ’ m notqui t e sur ewhatt oexpect .Ofcour seIknowa l i t t l ef r om vi si t i ngcampuses,ol derf r i ends andt el evi si on,butIassumet hatt her ei s not hi ngl i keexper i enci ngcol l egel i f ef or mysel f .Iof t enwonderi fIwi l lbevi ewed f orwhoIam,orwhoIwi l lbecome.Li ke al ways,Iwi l lover comemyf ear sofcol l ege byj umpi ngi nheadf i r st . "


Amar aSi l l ah Bal t i mor ePol yt echni cI nst i t ut e " Iam aver ydet er mi nedi ndi vi dualandI haveneverl etanyt hi ngst andi nt heway ofmygoal s.Iam t het ypeofper sont hat al waysl ooksont hebr i ght ersi de.I ’ ve comet or eal i zet hatever yt hi nghappens f orar easonandt hatever yt hi ngt hatIhave hadt oendur ehasmademeast r onger per son.Thr oughoutt hevar i oushar dshi ps t hatIhavef acedi nmyl i f e,Ihaveal ways seemedt ocr ackasmi l e. "


Kar eem Shakoor Sui t l andHi ghSchool " Tobesuccessf ulatanyt hi ngIwi sht o pur suei nmyl i f ei ti si mper at i vet hatIhave goal s.Thepur poseofhavi nggoal si st o i nc r easemyf ocus,mot i vat i onand det er mi nat i on.Onceyouhaveagoalyou cant henf ocusonhowt oachi evei t .I envi si ont hati nmyf ut ur eIwi l lbever y successf uli fIaccompl i shmyshor t t er m andl ongt er m goal s. "


ThomasPal mer i no Di gt alHar borHi ghSc hool " Col l egei sapl acet hatIt hi nkofas chal l engi ngandexci t i ng.Thechal l enges t hatIwi l lbeconcer nedwi t har et he chal l engesofst udentl i f e.Iwi l lbei na newset t i ng,wher eIam myownper son. Iwi l lhavet odoever yt hi ngf ormysel fand haveadul tr esponsi bi l i t i es.Iwi l lhavet o hol dmygr oundonmybel i ef sonsmoki ng, dr i nki nganddr ugs.Over comi ngt hese chal l engeswi l ll eadmei nt oanadul tl i f e andanadul twayoft hi nki ng. "



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