As we approach Thurgood Marshall Academy’s 12th annual commencement ceremony next month, it is no better time to pay tribute to the graduating class of 2016. More than 70 seniors are expected to walk across the stage on June 10 to receive their greatest accomplishment yet – a high school diploma.
Staying true to TMA’s 12-year college acceptance tradition, every student in the senior class was admitted to college. But the class of 2016 has gone beyond this tradition, breaking a number of senior class records at TMA. Affectionately dubbed L1VING LE6ENDS (Living Legends), the senior class earned more than $5 million in scholarships from organizations like the College Success Foundation – DC Achievers, the Marian Wright Edelman Children’s Defense Fund, the Comcast Achievement Award Scholarship, and many more. Collectively, the Class of 2016 applied to more than 250 colleges and universities across the country and more than 90% of TMA 12-graders received financial aid assistance.
Their hard work over their 4-year journey at TMA doesn’t go unnoticed. Below are a few Senior Spotlights featured in our ongoing #MeetASenior Moment on social media.
Meet Octavian Martin:
Future Alma Mater: Old Dominion University Extracurricular Activities: Senior Class President, Student Government Association member, Boys Varsity Basketball team
Biggest Success to Date: The first TMA student to secure a congressional nomination from Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton to attend the US Military Academy and the Air Force Academy
A message from Octavian: “I’m taking strides to become the President of the United States. That means I have to continue to work hard, be willing to put other people’s needs first, be involved in the community, and make tough decisions.”
Meet Jeremiah Garland:
Future Alma Mater: Towson University
Extracurricular Activities: Co-founder of the Black Lives Awareness Club, member of the Green Club and Wilderness Club
Recent Proud Moment: Awarded a $1,000 scholarship from Men of Community
A message from Jeremiah: “Being part of the Black Lives Awareness Club will probably be the most influential part of my legacy that I’ll leave at TMA. There were lots of things going on in the news that affected Black youth and I wanted to see change, no matter how small it was. Through the Black Lives Awareness Club, we are able to advocate for those who are affected by racism and unfair treatment and figure out how to make a positive impact on a local level.”
Meet Danielle McLarty:
Future Alma Mater: St. Johns University
Extracurricular Activities: Mikva Challenge DC, Girls Varsity Basketball Team, Daughters After God’s Heart
Recent Proud Moment: Recipient of the 2016 Motley Fool Scholarship
A message from Danielle: “God is within her. She will not fail. He will be with her at the break of day.” Psalm 46:5
The 1,000 and Up Club:
The annual College Acceptance Ceremony, where seniors received their college t-shirts for their future alma maters, also recognized 12 seniors who were recently inducted into the “1,000 and Up club.” Membership is reserved for students like Trey Pugh and Class of 2016 Valedictorian Erica Foster, who both scored 1,000 or higher on the Critical Reading and Math sections of the SAT.