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.
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 final 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, Jadal, Shane.
Highlights: Chess coach at Mitchell Elementary. Vice president of Chess Club. Co-president of Interact club. Internship at HRWC (Huron River Watershed Council). Internship at University of Michigan biology lab with Professor Vlad Dolgachev. Summer Intern at University of Michigan Pathology Cancer Research Lab. GPA: 3.825. Completed six AP classes.
Favorite hangouts: Friend’s house.
Favorite artist: K’nann.
If you could have witnessed any event in history, what would it be? The construction of the Pyramids.
Which elementary, middle, and high school teachers have made the biggest difference in your life? Elementary: Ms. Cindy Johengen and Ms. Dawn Dennis; High School: Ms. Andra Warsinske, Mr. Kenyatta Tucker, and Mr. Peter Collins.
If you had a 10-year-old brother, what advice would you give him? Never give up.
What were you doing in your last selfie? I don’t take selfies.
What do you plan to do after high school? Study engineering.
If you could change the world, you would … prevent climate change.