The Montgomery County Alliance of Black School Educators honored 28 graduating seniors during its annual Distinguished African-American Scholars and Community Leaders Awards Ceremony on May 13. The program was held virtually.
The seniors are graduating with close to 10,000 Student Service Learning hours and an average GPA of 4.00. Thanks to donations and fundraising, MCABSE raised about $10,000 in scholarship funding for these students.
Distinguished Scholars and Community Leaders are committed to leadership in their high schools and communities; are passionate and committed to their education and demonstrate a deliberate pursuit of academic excellence; and are talented, positive and motivated.
The event’s keynote speakers were James Allrich, principal of Argyle Middle School and this year’s winner of the Edward Shirley Award for Excellence in Educational Administration and Supervision, and Deanna Kuhney, equity training specialist in the Equity Initiatives Unit.
The 2022 honorees are:
- Frahanco Deressa, Bethesda-Chevy Chase
- Faris Diarra, Blair G. Ewing Center
- Benson Mwangachuchu, Montgomery Blair
- Sie Coulibaly, James Hubert Blake
- Queen Balina, Winston Churchill
- Mia Smith, Clarksburg
- Dorothy Nathan, Damascus
- Gardy Philogene, Thomas Edison
- Shelton Fantroy, Albert Einstein
- Clark Didavi, Gaithersburg
- Imanuel Harper, Walter Johnson
- Leinayiah Jex, John F. Kennedy
- Yohannes Gebrechirstos, Col. Zadok Magruder
- Elfreda Raven, Richard Montgomery
- Rebecca Williams, Northwest
- Elon Atlaw, Northwood
- Praise Alayode, Paint Branch
- Jessica Williamson, Poolesville
- Amina Cedeno, Quince Orchard
- Afsara Nowrin, RICA
- Naila Newman, Rockville
- Owen Kaayou, Seneca Valley
- Christopher Cannady, Sherwood
- Toluni Ghandi-Olaoye, Springbrook
- Khady Mbodj, Watkins Mill
- Hanna Wosenu, Wheaton
- Mboijana Austin, Walt Whitman
- Micah Fossett, Thomas S. Wootton