High-Achieving African-American and Black MCPS High School Students Reach for a ‘STAR’ and Win Scholarships


More than 360 outstanding African-American and black students from Montgomery County Public Schools are recipients of this year’s awards from the STAR (Stand Tall and Reach) Scholarship Foundation. The awards will be presented at the Ninth Annual STAR-Montgomery Awards Luncheon Saturday, June 19 at 11:30 a.m. at the Universities at Shady Grove. The guest speaker will be Taylor Smith, a three-time STAR scholarship recipient. A 2010 graduate of Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, Smith will attend Pepperdine University in the fall on a full-tuition scholarship. A total of 307 students received awards of either $1,000 or $250, for a total of $159,250. An additional 59 students received certificates of merit. Scholarship recipients maintained a minimum 3.0 grade point average and participated in extracurricular activities, and they submitted an application, essay, and recommendations. All finalists were interviewed to determine the award winners. The STAR Scholarship Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) foundation that was started and initially funded in 1992 by philanthropist Paul Peck. The foundation ensures more than 98 percent of its money goes to scholarships.  Peck has extended STAR into Washington, D,C., Oakland, Calif., Richmond, Va., and Arlington County, Va.  To date, the STAR Scholarship Foundation has awarded over $1,159,500 in scholarships and awards. STAR Scholarships are based on merit and provide both academic and vocational education. African American and black high school students compete annually for the scholarships in the ninth, tenth, and eleventh grades, giving them the potential to earn up to $3,000 toward their college education by winning the scholarship for three consecutive years. When a student wins a scholarship, the money is held in trust by the foundation until the student enrolls in an accredited college or trade school. In 2002, Mr. Peck expanded the STAR initiative by creating and funding STAR Merit Awards to sixth, seventh, and eighth graders.
Program founder and benefactor Paul Peck, a local philanthropist who serves as chair and CEO of the STAR Scholarship Foundation, provided the original seed money for Montgomery County. Additional funding is generated by the STAR Montgomery Advisory Board. MCPS provides administrative assistance, along with Montgomery College.  “Education works,” said Paul Peck. “It is the foundation of skills, self-esteem and self-confidence. I created STAR to demonstrate to African-American students that there is hope, the community cares, and studying pays.”
For more information about the STAR Scholarship awards program, please call Dr. Clarice Somersall of Montgomery College at 240-567-1702; e-mail clarice.somersall@montgomerycollege.edu.


2010 STAR Award Recipients


Note: A “ *” next to the recipient’s name indicates a 2-Year award recipient; “**” indicates a 3-Year award recipient.
Bethesda-Chevy Chase H.S. (21): Ibrahima Ba ($250), Philip Brooks ($250), Evan Bonham ($250), Luis Browser ($1000), Tsahai Crawlle ($250), Nigel Crayton ($250), Reina Desrouleaux (Certificate of Merit),

Ernest Eiras-Saunders ($1000), Danielle Harkaway ($250), Nailah Harpermalveaus ($250), Kobi Marshall ($250), Feevan Megersa ($250), Jasmin Miller ($250), Nehemiah Siyoum ($250), Olivia Stewart ($1000),

Anton Spencer ($1000), Alexia Thorpe ($250) , Erica Turner ($250), Fatoumatta Tunkara ($250), Angela White ($1000), Shawnte Wright ($1000)


Blair H.S. (11): Henok Addis ($250), Michael Ayele ($250), Peter Calhoun ($250), Strobelle Deutou (Certificate of Merit), Manuela Djiteu (Certificate of Merit), Dainel Durva ($250), Isatu Kamara ($250), Fellica Koneh ($250), Tamar Murray ($250), Kendra Sargeant ($ 250), Jordyn Schroeder ($250), Seid Suleyman ($250),

Blake H.S. (31): ), India Banks (Certificate of Merit), Melissa Blue ($250), Deandra Brown*, Danielle Blocker ($1000), Georgette Bondon ($250), Somala Diby ($250), Leanna Diggs ($1000), Christiane Djoum ($1000), Mckenzie Dreher ($250), Christyna Falden ($250), Alexus Ford ($250), Ramanda Graham ($1000), Devon Johnson ($1000), Peace Kish ($250), ($250Franchesca Kuhney ($250), Cianna Miller ($250), Grace Mlingi* ($250), Terah Minor-Jones (Certificate of Merit), Amarachi Nnadi* ($250), Alexis Page (Certificate of Merit), Heather Phillips ($250), Sarah Prather ($250), Alexandra Reeves ($1000), Alexis Thweatt ($250), Hassanatu Savage ($250), Isak Shah* ($1000), Jasmine Walker* (Certificate of Merit), Deneen Watson ($250), Alex Wells (Certificate of Merit), Rhea Wyse (Certificate of Merit),


Churchill H.S. (14): Torshie Cineas* ($250), Amira Collison ($1,000), Ifeyinwa Davis (Certificate of Merit), Fatou Fall ($250), Lauren Harris* ($250), Christine Heldreth*(250), Jonae Lloyd **($1,000), (Certificate of Merit), Melyncia Martin**, Catherine Ngemkam (Certificate of Merit), Delysia Njuneh (Certificate of Merit), Katrina Ragland* ($250), Sarafina Arthur-William* ($250), Shoruk Hassan* ($250),

Amory Tetteh (Certificate of Merit),

Clarksburg H.S. (19): Samuel Adedeji* (1,000), Thomas Anderson Jr. ($250), Shannon Bennett ($250), King Essien ($250), Arnelle Etienne ($1,000), Kalila Fleming* (250), Kelven Lezeh Foy ($1,000), Olivia Kumih (Certificate of Merit), Jonathan Kukapa ($250), Zamari Kijai Love ($250), Christine Mendimasa ($250), Tyler Mott ($250), Mopewa Ogundipe (1,000), Jerome Perry ($250), Shalom Sabwa (Certificate of Merit), Raye Sosseh ($250), Marcus Thomas ($250) Judith Vesoh ($25k0), Naomi Yossef ($250),
Damascus H.S. (5): Joy Dangerfield ($250), N’Sou Hoba ($250), Muna Sisay ($250), Jasmine Adkins-Taylor ($1000), Delmauri Wright (Certificate of Merit)


Einstien H.S. (4): Ahsante Bean ($250), Rediet Teshome ($250), Ashley Thurmond ($1000), Blaize Thomas ($1000)


Gaithersburg H.S. (15): Jordyn Chesley* ($1000), Ashley Cleveland* (Certificate of Merit), Vera Damanka* ($1000), Victor Dzikunu ($1000), Chelsea Harris ($1000), Erica Gayle ($1000), Hellina Hiletework ($1000), Dolly Maiah ($250), Rabia Missana ($1000), Nomazwe Ncube ($250), Vanessa Ofori (Certificate of Merit), Randale Patterson ($250), Devin Taylor* ($250), Charissa Wiltshire ($250), Hagere Yilma* ($1000)
Kennedy H.S. (10): Jana Anderson ($250), Joseline Araujo (Certificate of Merit), Elexis Brown ($250), Ezana Dawit ($250), Thiane Diop ($250), Esther Karkeri ($1000), ($250), Nikita Koene* ($1000), Sydney Harper ($250), Maria Nkwanzi*, Jennifer Schroeder ($250)

Magruder H.S. (2): Brittney Bonhomme* ($1000), Sydney Bulter ($1000)
Northwest H.S. (37): Sara Abdelnour* ($1000), Achankeng Acha-Morfaw ($250), Agnes Akuga ($250), Debar Winfred Allen II ($250), Aminata Bah** ($250), Cameron Brown ($250), Tiara Beatty ($250), Jennifer Coates* ($250), Donavan Dawkins (Certificate of Merit), Liah Dukaye ($1000), Juilan Ezigdo ($250), Sula Ndousse-Fetter ($250), Malik Gerdes* ($1000), Sennay Ghenbot ($1000), Kara Howze (Certificate of Merit), India Knight ($250), Andrea Kyeremeh ($1000), Manuelia Mbiya ($250), Joshua McDonald (Certificate of Merit), Ayola Mgqolozana, Winifred Monu-Azinge ($1000), Jasmine Mutunga ($250), Tarica Ngegba ($250), Jennifer Paul ($250), Katelyn Porter ($1000), Christian Riddick ($1000), Dana Robertson ($1000), Samuel Russ ($1000),Saidu Sinlah ($250), ($250), Tatenda Spandhla ($250),

Sofia Thompson (Certificate of Merit), Vankelia Tolbert ($250), Sheldon Trotman*, Nicole Wright* ($250), Jennifer Yebogh ($250)


Northwood H.S. (13): Amavi Acolatse ($250), Merveille Agbodjogbe (Certificate of Merit), Miheret Birhane (Certificate of Merit), Dawit Blackwell ($250), Jerrika Grissett ($250), Lean Ford (Certificate of Merit), Sylvia Hayinka ($250), Axel Hounsou ($250), Kyle Lowiere ($250), Matthew Maxwell ($250), ), Vanina Ngnechedji ($250), Aminatou Saidou (Certificate of Merit), Vanessa Scretchen (Certificate of Merit)

Paint Branch H.S. (37): Abake Dedo ($250), Abena Acheampong (Certificate of Merit), Arielle Adesanya ($250), Joycelyn Akamune* ($1000), Kemi Akinnola (Certificate of Merit), Maame Arthur (Certificate of Merit), Eliab Ayicheluhim ($250), Ezinne Azubuike (Certificate of Merit), Blake Brooks ($1000), Daniel Dominah ($250), Maureen Edu (Certificate of Merit), Alexandra Edzil ($250), Paul Jojo Ghartey ($250), Lois Hammond* ($1000), Cindy Jean ($250), Rebecca Jean-Simon ($250), Abubkary Kaba ($250), Sarah Kass ($250), Faith Karekezi ($250), Edrin Kisaka ($250), Joy Kish ($1000), Rochelle Longkeng ($250), Marda Mengesha ($1000), Milanca Lopes (Certificate of Merit), Abigail Mobit ($250), Diana Mutua ($250), Sharon Nicol ($1000), Adeola Olawoye (Certificate of Merit), Princess Ofodille (Certificate of Merit), Deana Parris ($1000), Deasia Selleng ($250), Amanuel Sisay ($250), Tyia Taylor ($1000), Jemima Waife ($250), Stella Yakam-Djapa ($1000), Abigia Yitagesu* ($1000), Martha Zemen ($250)


Poolesville H.S. (3): Christopher Henry ($250), Aminata Keita ($250), Maeva Nyandjo ($1000)


Quince Orchard H.S. (17): Sydni Adams ($1000), Aissatou Barry ($250), Clara Adjani-Aldrin* ($1000), Beatrice Boateng ($1000), Yohanna Bellistr* ($1000), Amanda Ferrarese ($250), Monique-Agnes Ladeji ($1000), Adriana Langa ($250), Darnell Leslie (Certificate of Merit), J’Yaime McFadden ($1000), Cristian Moore (Certificate of Merit), Brittany Oliver ($250), Joy Mutuku ($250), Mariah Fletcher ($250), Awa Senghore (Certificate of Merit), Sewit Haile ($1000), Amber Summerour* ($1000)


Richard Montgomery H.S. (10): Opeyemi Awe** ($1000), Channing Kimble-Brown ($250), Raynell Cooper ($250), Nancy Fonkoua ($250), Cassandra Fowler ($1000), Mary Karanja ($250), Rahyem Henry ($250), Raissa Horimbere ($1000), Tatios Kebrab** ($250), Joel Sati ($1000)


Rockville H.S. (5): Taryn Bailey* ($1000), Dede Etey-Benissan (Certificate of Merit), Gracua Etey-Benissan ($250), Amara Jordon ($250), Kwamboka Makana* ($1000)


Seneca Valley H.S. (5): Timothy Alston** ($1000), Chanken Awasom** ($1000), Samuel Forkkio ($250), Tonia Nicol** ($1000), Marisa Tukpah** ($1000)


Sherwood H.S. (27): Christine Aning ($250), Briana Applewhite ($250), Armahsee Beain ($250),

Simone Brown* ($1000), Joycelyn Jones (Certificate of Merit), Feven Kahsay (Certificate of Merit),

Yasmiine Kamel (Certificate of Merit), Tuwa Karnely ($250), Jasmin Kondjang* ($250), Katelin Logan ($250), Christopher Lissouck ($250), Janet Mansaray ($1000), Khalid Moultrie ($250), Matta Sannoh (Certificate of Merit), Matthew Smith** ($1000), Maya Hester** ($250), Omo Ikheloa (Certificate of Merit), Orlyse Mballa* ($1000), Emeka Opara ($1000), Kayla Robinson** ($1000), Rostant Sandjok ($250), Samrawit Semaie (Certificate of Merit), Kendll Thomas ($250), Steve Tagheu ($250), Aurelien Tchouente Tseb (Certificate of Merit), Robel Wondimu ($1000), Bethel Yemanshwa ($250)


Springbrook H.S. (45): Renee Adkins ($250), Udeme Akpaete* ($1000), Nardos Amare ($250), Joy Atem-Nju ($1000), Micah Brown* ($1000), Nataley Bland ($250), Nahika Blanchett ($1000), Jason Boardley (Certificate of Merit), Gabrielle Bonny ($250), Djamilatou Camara ($1000), Hawa Camara ($250), Stefany Carty** ($1000), Victoire Dekenty ($1000), Romeo Fotso ($1000), Jevani Green ($250), Sharon Hill ($1000), Katerra Jones** ($1000), Kadija Kamus ($250),Brittany Lambert* (Certificate of Merit),

Faven Mesfin* (Certificate of Merit), Jou Miriga ($250), Danielle Myers ($1000), Jamiira Nakku ($250), Rajan Negassa* ($1000), Ursula N’Guessan-Gbe ($1000) Michael Nyarko (Certificate of Merit), Adanna Nwaro* ($250), ($1000), Nadine Nfankeh ($250),Parrish Prunell Jr. ($250), Nicole Roper** ($1000), Chukwukpee Nzegwu ($1000),Onyinya Nwokorie ($250), Cheryl Osei (Certificate of Merit), Kendra Reid* ($250), Michael Robinson* (250), Brandi Rosser** ($1000), Thelma Sabi ($250), James Sanders (Certificate of Merit), Jamilia Samuels ($250), Helina Selam ($250), Ange Tchouaga ($250), Nanvy Toure* ($250), Brandon Washington (Certificate of Merit), Jamal Williams ($250), Hayat Wondimu ($250), Lionel Youkam ($250), Nebiyat Zewdie ($250)

Walter Johnson H.S. (13): Lydia Abraham ($250), Martha Afework ($250), Maya Campbell** ($1000), Aliyah Carty (Certificate of Merit), ), Henry Dorbu* ($1000), Kalaii Griffin ($250), Catrina Johnson* ($1000), Hannah Kebede ($1000), Jasmine Robinson (Certificate of Merit), Alexander Willett ($250),

Meiraf Zekaryas* (Certificate of Merit)

Watkins Mill H.S. (17): Moriamo Akibu ($1000), Zoe Afful* ($250), Diane Best ($250), Bethel Elta ($1000), Mariatu Fornah* ($250), Shannon Gregory* ($250),Alexandra Johnson ($250), Arnelle Ky ($1000), Deondre Jolley ($250), Shaakina Lindsey ($250), Qaren Quartey ** ($1000), Pearl Tenny** ($1000), Youanidou, Thiaw** ($1000), Bria Ware ($1000), Sydney Williams ($1000), Jasmne Williams ($250)

Whitman H.S. (9): Muhammed Abdulkanimu ($250), Adjovi Awouvi ($1000), Linda Gueyong ($250), Monica Gutierrez* ($1000), Dagmawi Jiru* ($250), Jackie Murai ($250), Eboni-Nicole Scotland (Certificate of Merit), Gabrielle Clarke Van Horn ($250), Senayt Zeleke (Certificate of Merit)