A group of Washington & Lee High School students attended the 11th Annual HBCU (Historical Black Colleges and Universities) Festival held in Arlington, Virginia. Sponsored by the Alfred Street Baptist Church, the festival features HBCU schools from across the country and the Virgin Islands. School
representatives met with students as part of the program and many offered On-Site admissions and waived application fees at the festival. One of the Washington and Lee students, senior, Nakia Reed, was accepted into two colleges, Norfolk State University and Virginia State University. In addition, she was offered a cheerleading scholarship.
In addition to the college exhibits, students and parents could attend a variety of seminars that were presented throughout the day. Among the topics were White House Internship Program, Black College Sports, Your “GPS” to Success, Music, Arts, and Entertainment, Show Me the Money, STEM, and Mixed Up, Messed Up, and Moving On, a look at navigating campus pitfalls.
Students who attended the festival were Jacinta Ball, Sheneka Booker, Milan Bullock, Whitney Burrell, Lashonda Carter, Dwayne Cherry, Terrin Dickerson, Keyondra Fisher, Kwayme Gray, Davon Hamilton, Aja Jackson, Lillie Jenkins, Taniyah Johnson, Nakia Reed, Marlen Reyes, Vania Smith, Jerry Thompson, Mary Thompson, Markeyse Thompson and Dazjuan Weldon.