BY C.S. HOWARD
Class of 2016: move ahead with the opportunities you are presented; meet them boldly and strive to make a difference in the lives of others. And remember …
“Forget about the days when it’s been cloudy, but don’t forget your hours in the sun; forget about the times you’ve been defeated , b u t don’t forget the victories you’ve won; forget about mistakes that you can’t change now, but don’t forget the lessons that you’ve learned; forget about misfortunes you’ve encountered, but don’t forget the times your luck has turned; forget about the days when you’ve been lonely, but don’t forget the friendly smiles you’ve seen; forget about plans that didn’t seem to work out right, but don’t forget to always have a dream.”
Dequandra Hill is 18 years old and graduated from Sarasota High School. She was a member of Future Business Leaders of America, SAC and the National Honor Society. Quan played basketball for three years, ran track and was recipient of the Sailor Pride Award for defense. She also played AAU basketball for three years, participated in the Sarasota Y Achievers Program and the Sarasota NAACP Youth Council. Quan is a member of Greater Hurst Chapel A.M.E. Church where she is active in the YPD department. She will attend Valdosta State University in Georgia and major in Psychology. She would like to become a Social Worker and eventually a Psychiatrist. She is the daughter of Ms. Chawntrell Woodbury.
Ryan Lee Jenkins graduated from Sarasota High School where he maintained a 3.0 GPA. He was on the 9th grade Student Council at Suncoast Polytechnical High School, played JV football during his sophomore year and ran track during his sophomore and junior years. He was Homecoming King during his senior year, on the Prom Court, in the Yearbook Club and participated in competition Co-Ed Cheer-leading. Ryan has been a member of the Sarasota County Branch NAACP Youth Council where he currently serves as President. He also participated in the Sarasota Y-Achievers Program and Take Stock in Children. Ryan will attend Valdosta State University and major in Marketing. His goal is to study abroad learning the international market, and eventually working for a Fortune 500 company such as Google, Apple or Microsoft as a Marketing Executive. He is the son of Kimberly Jenkins.
Javaris T. Williams, Jr . graduated from Booker High School where he was a 3 year Varsity Letterman, made 1st Team All-Area in football during his senior year and was named Defensive MVP . He was a 4 year varsity weightlifter and member of State Qualified 4x400 relay team. He was also a member of Academic Olympics team, member of Stacks Business Club, was a Multi-Renaissance recipient, participated in Sarasota Y-Achievers Program and was the recipient of the Young Eagles Aviation Certificate in 2012-2013. Javaris graduated from Booker ’s Cambridge AICE Program where he earned an AICE diplo- ma. The AICE courses provide students with rigorous, internationally recognized pre-university curriculum which emphasizes the value of broad and balance study. Javaris will attend Florida A&M University and major in Business Administration. He attends Light of the World International Church and is the son of Tangie Gillespie and Javaris Williams, Sr.
Delta Sigma Theta’s Delta GEMS
Four students in Delta GEMS Program graduated this year: Monica Gilley, Kadesha Johnson, Kala Lee and Edonya Timmons. A component of the GEMS program is community service. The GEMS participated in various community service projects including Feed the Needy, the Salvation Army Christmas Bell Ringing, they donated hygiene packages to the Solve Center, hats and scarves to cancer patients, and teddy bears to Manatee and Sarasota Pediatric wards.
Monica Chenise Gilley graduated from Bayshore High School where she maintained a 3.94 GPA, graduating in the top 10% of her class. She was active in the AVID Club, Key Club, National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta Math Organization. She played basketball for four years and served as captain during her senior year. She received the Coaches’ and Most Improved Awards. Monica was a Golden Herald Award candidate, received the Academic Excellence and Academic B Awards, the Junior Varsity and Varsity B Awards, and President Obama’s Community Service Awards from 2012 – 2015. She was also recipient of the GEMS’ Leadership Award and had over 1,200 volunteer hours. Monica will attend Valdosta State University as a Biology/ Pre-Med major. Her goal is to become a Pediatrician. She is the 17 year old daughter of Shawndria Dunbar.
Kala Lee is 18 years old and graduated from Palmetto High School with a 3.0 GPA. She was active in weightlifting, basketball, Key Club and track team. She also participated in Greatness Beyond Measure (GBM). Kala joined the armed forces and will serve in the United States Army. She leaves on October 9th and hopes to become a Logistics Specialist. She is the daughter of Ollie K. Adams and Tony Lee.
Edonya Vinteece Timmons graduated from Bayshore High School with a 4.11 GPA, graduating in the top 10% of her class. She was active in the AVID club and National Honor Society, and was a candidate for the Golden Herald Award. She received an award for Academic Excellence and the Academic B award. Edonya was recipient of President Obama’s Community Service Award for 2014-2015, received the GEMS’ Leadership Award and was named Youth of the Year at the Boys and Girls Club. Edonya will attend Valdosta State University as a Biology/Pre-Med major and would like to become an OB/GYN doctor. She is the 18 year old daughter of Angela Lowe-Reaves and Edmond Vincent Timmons.