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Editor’s note: Six AAPS high school seniors were recently named “Young Men of Promise” by the Delta Psi Omega Chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. This is one in a series of profiles of these young men, who were nominated by their school counselors.
The students were recognized during the chapter’s annual Celebration of Black Men Brunch which honors local African American men who have given back to the community through service in the arts, business/economics, community service, education, health and as a trailblazer.
“Throughout history, black men have continually been overlooked for their accomplishments and not given the appreciation they deserved for the wonderful, positive and powerful things they have done,” said chapter President Patricia Manley, an AAPS School Board trustee. “The goal of the Celebration of Black Men is to applaud these unsung heroes who have made a significant and/or unique contribution to our black community.”
Manley said the sorority decided to also honor black high school students because too often the their accomplishments go unrecognized.
“We want to raise their self esteem and let them know their hard work is noticed,” she said, noting that so many African American students in AAPS are succeeding on many levels.
This is the second in a series of profiles of these young men, who were nominated by their school counselors.
School: Huron High School.
Family: Parents Tory and Chauncey; brothers CJ, Taimor, Shane.
Highlights: Co-president of the Interact Club. Summer internship studying lung contusion and inflammation of mice at a University of Michigan lab. Two years ahead in math. 3.96 GPA. AP Scholar with Distinction. Member of Huron’s golf and tennis teams. Ann Arbor Math Olympiad Co-op student teacher. Treasurer of Model United Nations Club. Helped start new Beatboxing Club at Huron. Enjoys playing a variety of sports, including ping-pong, tennis, golf ,basketball, football, and soccer.
Favorite hangouts: Basement ping pong table.
Favorite music: Rap.
If you could have witnessed any event in history, what would it be? The building of the Great Pyramids.
Which elementary, middle, and high school teachers have made the biggest difference in your life? Elementary: Mr. James Podojil, Ms. Cindy Johengen; and Ms. Dawn Dennis; Middle: Mr. Martin; High School: Ms. Andra Warsinske; Mr. Kenyatta Tucker; Mr. Peter Collins.
If you had a 10-year-old brother, what advice would you give him? Spend every day getting better at something and learn something new every day.
What were you doing in your last selfie? Playing ping pong.
What do you plan to do after high school? I plan to go to college and study engineering.
If you could change the world, you would … reform the distribution of wealth and resources, and eliminate world hunger.