TMA’s graduating class came together on May 12th during the College Acceptance Assembly, an annual event where seniors are gifted with a college T-shirt from the school they plan to attend in the fall. Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors marched into the gym, where the event took place, to cheer on the 70 seniors who have been accepted into an array of colleges and universities – American University, University of Pittsburgh, Delaware State University, and Temple University to name a few! The student body, faculty, staff, and parents joined the crowd of TMA supporters who roared with enthusiasm and applauded high achieving students who received scholarships and other recognition for outstanding excellence.
“All year long you have been working to get to this point,” said Sanjay Mitchell, Director of College & Alumni Programs. “In fact, for the past four years all of you have worked hard and now you are here, ready to graduate and attend college. I am proud of every one of you.”
Carlos McKnight, who will attend Daemen College, was awarded a $1,000 scholarship from Men of Community, a local organization that supports African-American male students who major in education or entrepreneurship related fields. Carlos’ hard work and dedication to a number of community service projects like the DC Mayor’s Youth Leadership Program and the debate team made him worthy of this scholarship.
Mr. Mitchell, who led the ceremony alongside Emma Levine, Alumni Program Manager, were proud to induct 13 seniors into the “1,000 club,” an honor for students who score 1,000 or higher on the Critical Reading and Math sections of the SAT. Sydni Foshee and Keneon Williams are not only new members of the elite club, but they received special awards for their extraordinary SAT scores – 1330 and 1250 respectively.
Having graduated more than 400 students since 2005 and staying true to our legacy of 100% college acceptance, TMA set a new record with senior and varsity basketball player Malik McMillan, TMA’s first scholar to receive a full athletics scholarship. With his parents and coaches looking on, he signed to play basketball at Barton College this fall.
“Today we made history,” said Michele Thompson, Athletic Director. “Not only am I proud of TMA’s tradition of 100% college acceptance, but I am thankful for a great coaching staff and a school committed to student athletes and the enhancement of our athletics program.”
To learn more about the colleges and universities that our students are accepted into each year, click here.