Highlighted by poetry, singing and drum performances, Cheltenham High School Black Scholars inducted its latest class in an evening ceremony Wednesday, Nov. 20 in the CHS Little Theatre. After opening remarks from program founder and CHS Vice Principal Craig Metcalfe and interim principal Dr. Renato Lajara, the crowd heard a stirring rendition of “Life Every Voice” from senior Nila Anthony and Maya Angelou’s “Still I Rise” by senior Akira McDougal. Junior Morgan F. Powell read an original poem and local percussionist Baba Tyrone delivered a drum performance.
Students qualify for the Black Scholars Program by maintaining a 3.0 cumulative, unweighted grade point average and taking at least one Honors or Advanced Placement class. Congratulations to the following students: Sojourna Ali-Orlena, Nathan Ampofo, Gabrielle Barrett, Donya Baxter, Mariah Bennett, Christopher Booth, Taylor Brandt, Madisyn Brandt, Kayla Brockington, Aaliyah Brown, Sanaa Brown, Jaylen Buckner, Saniyah Conn, Jasmine Dashields, Alexis Davis, Ryan Dunkley, Martina Echewa, Nikhil Grobes, Mikel Hackett, Laurha Herard, Autumn Holland, Alanah Jones, Chloe Kirkland, Nana Korsah, Destiny Lewis Upchurch, Jahmore Meyers, Carla Michel, Lisa Omulo, Jaquan Paige, Robert Rodriguez, Abdul Solomun, Arianna Starks, Aneeya Stevens, Aaliyah Thomas, Alaysia Thomas, Dominique Vidal, Joelle Williams and Makayla Weems.
The Black Scholars Program provides support, camaraderie, mentorship, enrichment and leadership development to Cheltenham High School’s high-achieving black students. Last year, Black Scholars participated in the MLK Day of Service, attended empowering events celebrating culture and served as mentors and tutors to other students. Black Scholars meetings have provided a forum to discuss school, community, national and global issues and platforms to advance social justice issues and advocate for Black youth within the community and beyond.