Class of 2020

Colby Sisco

Quince Orchard High School

GPA: 3.52

Activities: Minority Scholars Program, Environmental Club, Cross Country/Track and Field, Kids are Scientist too (KAST)

Accepted to: Carnegie Mellon University

College or University Selected: Carnegie Mellon University

Joseph Lee

James Hubert Blake High School

GPA: 4.0

Activities: School-wide Student Government Association, Debate Team, Varsity Volleyball, and UKP Church Youth Congregation

Accepted to: Princeton University, Yale University, and The University of Chicago

College or University Selected: Yale University

Zolani Grady

Montogomery Blair High School

GPA: 3.69

Activities: Junior Varsity Basketball, Superintendent's Leadership Academy, W.E.B. Du Bois Honor Society, and National Society of Black Engineers Junior

Accepted to: Fayetteville State University, Virginia State University, and Loyola University Maryland

College or University Selected: Undecided

Dan Tsuma

Richard Montgomery High School

GPA: 3.89

Activities: Education for Everyone, National Honor Society, Track & Field, and The Minority Scholars Program

Accepted to: University of Pennsylvania, Cornell University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

College or University Selected: Undecided

Kelechi Ogbuokiri

St. Albans School

GPA: 81.9

Activities: Cultural Awareness Organization, Dorm Activities & Nutrition Committees, Varsity Track & Field, and Varsity Basketball

Accepted to: Morehouse College, Fordham University, and Denison University

College or University Selected: Undecided

Donovan McFadden

Northwest High School

GPA: 3.56

Activities: Drama/Theatre (Dance), National Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society, and International Thespian Honor Society

Accepted to: Alabama State University, Howard University, and Savannah State University

College or University Selected: Alabama State University

Trey Shields

Winston Churchill High School

GPA: 4.31

Activities:Black Student Association, Code and Chill Club (coding club), Physics application club, and Varsity Baseball

Accepted to: University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, University of Southern California, and Swarthmore University

College or University Selected: Undecided

Previous Winners

Donovan Hewitt

James Hubert Blake High School

GPA: 3.56

Activities: National Honor Society, National Science Honor Society, and The Paragon National Training Center

Accepted to: Ohio State University and University of Michigan

John McNeill

Damascus High School

GPA: 3.3

Activities: Student Government Association, Varsity Track & Field Team and Fellowship of Christian Athletes

Accepted to: Penn State University, Mount St. Mary’s University and Virginia Tech.

Regenald Terry

Seneca Valley High School

GPA: 3.43

Activities: Jazz Band, Eagle Ambassador and the National Capital Band.

Accepted to: Mount St. Mary’s University, Stevenson University, and Salisbury University.


Sponsored by Senator Nancy King

Gerardo Ballesteros

Wheaton High School

GPA: 4.0

Activities: Photography Club, Young Entrepreneurs, Boys Varsity Tennis, and School Jazz Band.

Accepted to: University of Pennsylvania, Boston College, and Fordham University.

Junior Philogene

Springbrook High School

GPA: 3.25

Activities: French National Student Honor Society and the Academic Honor Roll

Accepted to: LaSalle University, Morgan State University and Hartwick College.


Sponsored by: Delegate Jheanelle Wilkins

Jared Byrd

St. John High School

GPA: 3.68

Activities: Competition Jazz Ensemble, Social Impact and Innovation Club and the JROTC Regimental Band

Accepted to: University of Maryland, Howard University School of Business and Syracuse University Whitman School of Management.

Marcus Johnson

Northwest High School

GPA: 3.71

Activities: Gaithersburg/Rockville, MD Alumni Chapter’s Kappa League Program, Science Fiction Club, ASL National Honor Society, and National Art Honor Society.

Accepted to: Maryland Baltimore Campus, North Carolina A&T University, Jackson State University, and Towson University.

Jordan Washington

Springbrook High School

GPA: 3.5

Activities: Jazz Band, on the baseball team in his first three years and active in the Boys Scouts of America.

Accepted to: Hampton University, Morgan State University and North Carolina A&T.

Somtoo Akaigwe

Magruder High School

GPA: 3.6

Activities: Magruder High Leo Club, Track Team and the Pinnacle College Club.

Accepted to: Penn State, UMBC and Montgomery College.

Amanuel Ayano

Montgomery Blair High School

GPA: 3.9

Activities: Track and cross country teams, secretary of the Liberty Promise Program and co-founder of the Ethiopian Club

Accepted to: University of Rochester

Michael G. Pierre

Gaithersburg High School

GPA: 3.9

Activities: Cross country team and Key Club

Accepted to: University of Maryland Baltimore County and Hampton University


Sponsored by: Montgomery County Senator Nancy King

Wellington Uzamere, Jr.

Montgomery Blair High School

GPA: 3.2

Activities: Football and assist in serving the homeless at Hope Presbyterian Church

Accepted to: Baldwin Wallace University, Catholic University of America, Frostburg State University, and Stevenson University.

Avanti Kolluri

Rockville High School

GPA: 3.79

Activities: Editor in chief of the school year book, president of the Fight for Light Club and a member of National Honors Society

Accepted to: Catholic University of America

Lauren B. Queen

Montgomery Blair High School

GPA: 3.57

Activities: National Honor Society, a member of W.E.B. DuBois Honor Society and a council member of the Principal’s Advisory Society

Accepted to: Goucher College, Spelman College and Rutgers University.

Howard Nicholson, lll

Poolesville High School

GPA: 4.3

Activities: Co-founder and president of the National Society of Black Engineers, treasurer of the Senior Class SGA and senior captain of the Poolesville High School Varsity Swim and Dive Team

Accepted to: Case Western Reserve University

Omari Brooks

Montgomery Blair High School

GPA: 3.0

Activities: Football, the My Brother’s Keeper Initiative and track and field

Accepted to: Bethany College, Norfolk State University and Virginia Union University

Kyle Wilkins

Poolesville High School

GPA: 3.0

Activities: Captain of the varsity football team, captain of the varsity wrestling team and on the outdoor track team.

Accepted to: CWest Point Military Academy

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