83 Students from 70 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) Named 2015 HBCU All-Stars

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83 Students from 70 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) Named 2015 HBCU All-Stars

August 20, 2015

The White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (WHIHBCUs) today announced its 2015 HBCU All-Stars, recognizing 83 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students for their accomplishments in academics, leadership, and civic engagement.

The All-Stars were selected from more than 450 students who submitted applications that included a transcript, resume, essay, and recommendation. Over the course of the year, the HBCU All-Stars will serve as ambassadors of the WHIHBCUs by providing outreach and communication with their fellow students about the value of education and the role of the Initiative as a networking resource.  Through social media and their relationships with community based organizations, the All-Stars will share promising and proven practices that support opportunities for all young people to achieve their educational and career potential.

“The Obama Administration is committed to promoting excellence, innovation and sustainability across our nation’s HBCUs. This year’s class of All-Stars has distinguished itself as exemplars of the talent that HBCUs cultivate and noble ambassadors of their respective institutions.” said Ivory A. Toldson, WHIHBCUs’ acting executive director. “We are confident these impressive students will help the White House Initiative on HBCUs meaningfully engage with students, showcase their talent and advance our agenda to advance academic excellence at HBCUs.”

In addition, the All-Stars will also participate in this year’s White House HBCU Week Conference in September as well as various national events, web chats with Toldson and other Initiative staff and professionals from a range of disciplines. The All-Stars will have exceptional opportunities to engage with other HBCU scholars and to showcase their individual and collective talent across the HBCU community.

For more information regarding the 2015 HBCU All-Star Student program and application contact: hbcuallstars@ed.gov and follow @WHI_HBCUs on Twitter.

NOTE TO EDITORS: Attached is a list of the 2015 HBCU All-Stars, alphabetical by their hometown state, and including the city they are from, the school they attend and the school’s location.

2015 HBCU All Stars

ALABAMA
Greensboro - Jamie Binns, Talladega College, Talladega, AL
Huntsville - Ajiah Graham, J.F. Drake State Community and Technical College, Huntsville, AL
Huntsville – Kedgeree McKenzie, Oakwood University, Huntsville, AL
Tuscaloosa - Avery Brown, Stillman College, Tuscaloosa, AL

ARKANSAS
Pine Bluff - Sidney Smith, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Pine Bluff, AR

CALIFORNIA
Palmdale - Jynae Jones, Miles College, Fairfield, AL

COLORADO
Denver- Cynthia Hall, St. Philips College, San Antonio, TX

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Beachrhell Jacques - University of the District of Columbia, Washington, D.C.

FLORIDA
Miami Gardens - AcNeal Williams, Florida Memorial University, Miami Gardens, FL
Miami - Marquise McGriff, Florida Memorial University, Miami Gardens, FL
Orlando, Landon Wright, Bethune-Cookman University, Daytona Beach, FL
Tallahassee, Gilda Brown, Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, FL

GEORGIA
Atlanta - Jennifer Smith, Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, FL
Atlanta - Lauren Wiggins, Tennessee State University, Nashville, TN
Atlanta - Rebecca Dorsey, Albany State University, Albany, GA
Atlanta - Chaz Gibson, Howard University, Washington, D.C.
Atlanta - Angelica Willis, North Carolina A&T University, Greensboro, NC
Atlanta - Alayna Robinson, Xavier University of Louisiana, New Orleans, LA
Augusta - Patrick Outler, Morris College, Sumter, SC
Barnesville - Austin Ogletree, North Carolina A&T University, Greensboro, NC
Covington - Timothy Tukes, Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA
Fayetteville - Lindsey Foster, Howard University, Washington, D.C.
Macon - Vi’Dual Futch, Benedict College, Columbia, SC
McDonough - Zoe McDowell, Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, GA
Warner Robbins - Shelton Bowens, Savannah State University, Savannah, GA

INDIANA
Fishers - Kasey Hornbuckle, Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL

KENTUCKY
Radcliff - Ralph Williams, Kentucky State University, Frankfort, KY

LOUISIANA
Baton Rouge - Sally Ross, Southern University and A&M College, Baton Rouge, LA
Gonzales - Sheirvan Ursin, Jarvis Christian College, Hawkins, TX
Grambling - Temitayo Michael Akinjogunla, Grambling State University, Grambling, LA
New Orleans - Marina Banks, Dillard University, New Orleans, LA

MARYLAND
Bryans Road - Aaleah Lancaster, Bennet College, Greensboro, NC
Capitol Heights - Kayla Fontaine, Virginia State University, Petersburg, VA
Cheltenham - Leah Williams, Delaware State University, Dover, DE
Fort Washington - Ravenn Mathis, Bowie State University, Bowie, MD
Fort Washington - Antonia Hill, Spelman College, Atlanta, GA
Laurel - Salematou Traore, University Maryland Eastern Shore, Princess Anne, MD
Parkville- Marcel Jagne-Shaw, Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD
Owings Mills - Miles Jenkins, Hampton University, Hampton, VA
Waldorf - Danielle Hawkins, Hampton University, Hampton, VA
Woodbine - Mya Harvard, Spelman College, Atlanta, GA

MICHIGAN
Berrien Springs - Rian Cho, Meharry Medical College, Nashville, TN

MISSISSIPPI
Corinth - English Fields, Rust College, Holly Springs, MS
Edwards - Erica Harris, Hinds Community CollegeUtica Campus, Utica, MS
Greenville - Spencer Davis, Tougaloo College, Tougaloo, MS
Jackson - Nina Hill, Jackson State University, Jackson, MS
Natchez - Jonathan Weir, Alcorn State University, Alcorn, MS

MINNESOTA
Richfeild - Bryann Guyton, Shaw University, Raleigh, NC

NEVADA
Las Vegas - Maliq Kendricks, Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL

NEW JERSEY
Camden - Christoff Lindsey, Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, TX

NEW YORK
Far Rockaway - Nathalie Nelson, Interdenominational Theological Center, Atlanta, GA
Cambria Heights- Gionelly Mills, Lincoln University of Pennsylvania, Lincoln University, PA

NORTH CAROLINA
Charlotte - Elliot Jackson, Fayetteville State University, Fayetteville, NC
Charlotte - Raven Weathers, Livingstone College, Salisbury, NC
Charlotte - Mona Zahir, Winston Salem State University, Winston, Salem, NC
Durham - Tamina Kienka, North Carolina Central University, Durham, NC
Kinston - Kyle Brown, Winston Salem State University, Winston, Salem, NC
Winston - Salem, Tyler Duncan, Vorhees College, Denmark, SC

OHIO
Cincinnati - Sierra Blackwell, Fisk University, Nashville, TN
Columbus - Christina Hathcer, Wilberforce University, Wilberforce, OH

PENNSYLVANIA
Pittsburgh - Kevin Lee, Paul Quinn College, Dallas, TX
York - Kristin Shipley, North Carolina A&T University, Greensboro, NC

SOUTH CAROLINA
Hemingway - Kimesha Cooper, Claflin University, Orangeburg, SC
Orangeburg - Kareem Heslop, Claflin University, Orangeburg, SC
Orangeburg - Samuel Cole, South Carolina State University, Orangeburg, SC
Society Hill - Lamar Butler, Alabama State University, Montgomery, AL

TENNESSEE
Jackson - Tremaine Sails, Dunbar, American Baptist College, Nashville, TN
Memphis - Taevin Lewis, HarrisStowe State University, St. Louis, MO
Memphis - Keenan Lowery, Lane College, Jackson, TN
Memphis - Tamara Bates, Philander Smith College, Little Rock, AR

TEXAS
Arlington - Mira Bakine, Langston University, Langston, OK
Dallas - Nateisha Choice, Wiley College, Marshall, TX
Fort Worth - Britt Spears, Prairie View A&M University, Fort Worth, TX
Houston - Quentin Monroe, Central State University, Wilberforce, OH
Houston - Francis Vazquez, Texas Southern University, Houston, TX

WISCONSIN
Racine- Jeanni Simpson- Howard University, Washington, DC

VIRGINIA
Disputanta - Tatyana Calhoun, University of the District of Colombia, Washington, D.C.
Hampton - McKinley Strother, Elizabeth City State University, Elizabeth City, NC
Richmond - Leah Reid, Virginia Union University, Richmond, VA
Virginia Beach - Jasmine Dunbar, Norfolk State University, Norfolk, VA

VIRGIN ISLANDS
St. Thomas - Tonecia Rogers, University of the Virgin Islands, St. Thomas, USVI

NIGERIA
Enugu - Jude Okanya, Paine College, Augusta, GA

SOUTH AFRICA
Johannesburg - Andronica Klaas, Johnson C. Smith University, Charlotte, NC