July 22, 2019

Celebrating Our First Annual Graduation and Promotion Ceremony

We are excited for our youth who are moving into the next stage of their academic journey.

We hosted our first annual graduation and promotion ceremony. Friends, family, and board members were delighted to celebrate our youth for their outstanding academic achievements for the 2018–2019 school year. A total of 45 youth were promoted, and 16 students were honored for graduating from elementary to middle school.

We are excited to celebrate and recognize the following students:

Graduates: Javon Evans, Preston Russo, Tavarous Warren, Malachi Grimes, Landin Greenawald, Donovan Penticoff, Joshua Donaldson, Donzyia Jenkins, Eleyna Jimenez, Shania Raines, Kelsi Cunha, Julissa Rodriguez, Brandi Lehmkuhl, Hannah McWade, Octavian Wiggs, Keith Strowder, Jimmy Allen, Mariah Pollack, Alexis Ziegler

Honor Roll Students: Christopher James, Joshua Donaldson, Glenn Lewis, Shania Raines, Kelsi Cunha, Julissa Rodriguez, Mariah Pollack, Amina Bostick, and Marlina Alford

Perfect Attendance: Gerrard Blue, Jahkir Brownlee, Glenn Lewis, Preston Russo, Joshua Donaldson, Julissa Rodriguez, Silvana Musgrave, Jimmy Allen, Alexis Ziegler

Special Recognition: Malachi Grimes, Landon Greenwald, Jeremiah Johnson, Alicia Green, Kelsi Cunha, Serenity Davis, Keith Strowder, Marlina Alford

Highest Student Achievement Award: Javon Evans, Donavon Penticoff, Joshua Donaldson, Jazlyne Vargas, Kelsi Cunha, Limiya Hipona, Octavian Wiggs, Mariah Pollack

Special thanks to our National Chief Program Officer, Carmi Brown, for officiating, Hillsborough County School Board Member, Lynn Gray, for joining us and sharing words of encouragement with our youth as they continue their academic journey; and Johnny Bush, Plant High School Principal and member of our board of directors, for making a lasting impression on our youth and sharing with them that they continue their pursuit of "being tomorrow's hero."

We look forward to continuing to share stories of success and celebrating our youth as they push towards high school graduation and beyond.