New Promise Scholars
Tariq Carrington has had an exceptional academic career at Charlottesville High School, earning a 4.43 GPA while enrolling in rigorous Honors, AP and Dual Enrollment classes. Tariq looks ahead to a pre-med curriculum at U.Va. and a career in the medical field after college. His interest in medicine was inspired by his infant cousin, Arianna, who was diagnosed with lymphoblastic leukemia. His high school guidance counselor describes Tariq as, “one of the most focused students I have ever taught.” Tariq is a leader and award-winner on the CHS Track Team and has many friends.
Kunga Deyang‘s goal for the future is to become a nurse. Kunga’s parents lived in Tibet, relocated to India (where Kunga was born), and then came to America because they wanted a brighter future for their daughter. When Kunga graduates from CHS, she will have earned a GPA over 4.0 and taken multiple Honors, AP and DE classes. During her time in high school, Kunga has participated in the Girls Soccer, International and Chinese clubs, and has worked part-time at a local restaurant to help out her family. One of her teachers describes Kunga as, “someone I will never forget, sincere, strong and organized.”
Grace Gilbert intends to pursue studies in the sciences at the College of William and Mary. Her interest in science has grown ever since she attended summer camp as a preteen. Grace also has a passion for photography. She continues to increase her skills in this area by taking courses at CHS and developing individual projects to challenge herself and sharpen her skills. Grace will graduate with a GPA over 4.7, and her high school transcript is exceptional in terms of grades and rigor of coursework. Grace is active in various clubs at CHS and participates in Concert Choir and as a volunteer at the Virginia Discovery Museum.
Valeria Gutierrez-Cruz plans to study physical therapy and ultrasound in college. Valeria’s mother emigrated from Mexico to give her children a better life, leaving behind a beloved extended family. One of her teachers praises Valeria’s willingness to ask for help when she needs it to improve her performance. Valeria will graduate from CHS with a 3.3 GPA and her coursework includes Honors, AP and DE classes. She participates in AVID and Computers4Kids and has worked at a local day care center during summer break. Valeria’s references note her self-direction and work ethic as qualities that will lead to her success in college.
Robin Hightman graduated from CHS while overcoming significant personal challenges. Robin started her high school career in Fluvanna County, where she was an excellent student, but circumstances brought her to Charlottesville for grades 11 and 12. The move was difficult, and her grades plunged, but her passion for the fine and performing arts, and her willingness to contribute, were key to her success. Robin’s school counselor described her as “resilient, strong-willed, and intelligent.”
Justice Howard credits her mother with providing “for her whether she had the means or not.” Justice writes that she has learned to be independent and solve her own problems–qualities she thinks will help her find her way at U.Va. Justice is taking all of her senior year classes as a Dual Enrollment student, and will graduate from CHS with a 4.6 GPA. Justice has an interest in psychology.
Tanner Largent is a sports lover. “not only has softball made me who I am today, it has also taught me many life lessons like hard work, dedication, and communication,” Tanner said. Tanner also played volleyball, and she works part-time at a local restaurant. Her AVID teacher at CHS praised her ability to juggle school, sports, and work, and credits Tanner’s “organizational skills and her drive to succeed.” Tanner is interested in studying physical therapy.
Lakiera Mills credits her grandmother with teaching her to “take school seriously and do well.” She plans to pursue studies in biology and chemistry at VCU, and will be the first person in her family to attend college. Beyond attending and graduating from college, Lakiera wants “to find out who I am as an educated person and someone who thinks critically and independently.” She will graduate from CHS with a 3.5 GPA. According to one of her high school teachers, Lakiera’s success in college will likely be due, in part, to her positivity and time management skills and her willingness to work on something until it is her best.
Wendell Santiago has worked hard to balance a busy and demanding schedule at CHS with significant family responsibilities. He is well-liked by teachers and peers, and is involved in a number of activities. Wendell plans to study nursing and physical therapy at PVCC. He will graduate with a 4.0 GPA, receiving A’s and B’s in his classes, which have included AP, Honors, and DE courses.
Zarny Hein, along with his brother and parents, overcame many challenges after moving to America. After leaving friends and family, starting school in a new culture, and learning English, Zarny challenged himself with rigorous coursework at CHS, and now plans to study engineering. This year, Zarny has begun saving for college expenses while providing support to his family.
Renewing Promise Scholars
Duaa Abdulhussain – Virginia Commonwealth University
Rajia Arbab – Georgetown University
Ryan Averill – College of William & Mary
Gaetan Banawoe – University of Virginia
Grace Bostic – Guilford College
Cynthia Bowles – Old Dominion University
Quamia Dennis – Piedmont Virginia Community College
Quandra Dennis – Old Dominion University
Amanda Downing – University of Virginia
Christen Edward – North Carolina Agriculture & Technical State University
Cliché Hughes – Virginia Commonwealth University
Tateionus Jasper – Richard Bland College
Crystal Johnson – Mary Baldwin University
Janie Johnson – Old Dominion University
Jeremiah Jordan – University of Virginia College at Wise
Joanna Kammauff – Piedmont Virginia Community College
Wade Kammauff – University of Virginia
Patience Kilel – Old Dominion University
Viviana Lopez – Virginia Commonwealth University
Dil Magar – Piedmont Virginia Community College
Raja-Nique Maupin – George Mason University
Alan Mendoza – Piedmont Virginia Community College
Courtney Mills – Old Dominion University
Josiane Nyirashombo – Old Dominion University
Jamar Pierre-Louis – Old Dominion University
Liliana Sosa – Piedmont Virginia Community College
Pema Tamang – Piedmont Virginia Community College
Alexis Taylor – Virginia Commonwealth University
Taya Williams – Radford University
Philip Wilson – University of Virginia
Promise Scholars Graduating this Year
Brierra Dibble – Piedmont Virginia Community College
Ashton Ferneyhough – University of Mary Washington
Rickquan Jones – George Mason University
Margaret McNair – Flagler College
Jacqueline Morris – Piedmont Virginia Community College
Roger Richardson – Averett University
Wahzma Yousafi – University of Mary Washington