Future Entrepreneur D’Ariel Myrick is Booker T. Washington’s 2015 Salutatorian


At a young age, D’Ariel Myrick seemed to thrive on knowledge. She began walking and talking at an early age and by elementary school years, she was allowed to visit upper grade levels, settling in the gifted program where she was challenged beyond her imagination. In 6th grade, D’Ariel found her true calling—writing. By 2011, D’Ariel knew she would be an international model, author, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. In her final year at Booker T. Washington High School, D’Ariel juggles high school, dual-enrollment, and an internship, while endeavoring to be an amazing daughter, friend, and citizen. Other than writing, her passion is to help any and all future community service projects.

Plans to Attend: University of Georgia
Major: English
Career Goal: Entrepreneur

May 23, 2015 at 5:15 pm Leave a comment

Booker T. Washington’s 2015 Valedictorian DeVaughn Davis plans to attend The Ohio State University


DeVaughn Marcel Davis began his education in Atlanta Public Schools. He attended Fickett Elementary, Brown Middle, and is currently the Valedictorian of the historic Booker T. Washington High School. He has been ranked the top student of his graduating class since his freshman year. Currently, he is dually-enrolled at Georgia State University where he boasts a 3.9 GPA. Because DeVaughn recognizes the value of hard work and diligence, he also understands the importance of giving back and being a leader. He currently serves as president of Gentlemen of Quality, a mentoring program unique to Washington for a select group of young men earning over 300 community service hours. Moreover, he also serves as the editor of the yearbook staff. He lives by the quote, “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall”- Confucius.

Plans to Attend: The Ohio State University

Major: Animal Science

Career Goal: Veterinarian

May 23, 2015 at 5:13 pm Leave a comment

Mya Green 2015 Salutatorian of Therrell School of Technology, Engineering, Math & Science Plans to Attend Tuskegee University and Study to Become a Wildlife Veterinarian


Mya Green is an active participant in multiple extracurricular activities at her school, including softball, tennis, drill team and performing arts. Mya serves as Parliamentarian for the Student Government Association and as a College Ambassador for Project GRAD. Her hobbies are writing, fencing, and reading interesting novels. She believes her greatest distinction is graduating high school at the age of 16. After high school, Mya plans to attend Tuskegee University to pursue a degree in animal sciences. Mya’s lifelong dream is to find a cure for a serious animal illness and to one day work on a wildlife reserve.

Plans to Attend: Tuskegee University

Major: Animal Science or Biology

Career Goal: Wildlife Veterinarian

May 23, 2015 at 2:51 pm Leave a comment

Keiyitho Omonuwa is the 2015 Valedictorian of Therrell School of Technology, Engineering, Math & Science


Keiyitho Omonuwa moved to Atlanta in 5th grade with her mother and younger sister. She is the captain of the varsity swim team, the drill team squad commander, and a class leader in the Student Government Association. Keiyitho is also a member of the Shakespeare play cast, and a high scorer in the Academic Decathlon. Her passions are biology, computers, and taking care of her dogs. Currently, she is the Valedictorian and star student at D.M. Therrell High School of Engineering, Math, and Science and works as an IT intern at Atlanta Public Schools.

Plans to Attend: Emory University

Major: Biology

Career Goal: Pediatrician

May 23, 2015 at 2:49 pm Leave a comment

Future Dentist Ziana Townsend is Therrell School of Law, Government & Public Policy’s 2015 Salutatorian



Ziana Townsend’s philosophy about life comes from a quote by Robert Frost: “In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.” Her ultimate goal is to have her own dental practice—using her gifts to motivate and inspire both the young and elderly to be more confident and positive while empowering people one smile at a time. She is grateful to have her parents, Mrs. Reed (counselor), Ms. Modi (college advisor), Dr. Lee (teacher), and Ms. Edwards (teacher) by her side, constantly pushing, encouraging, and motivating her.

Plans to Attend: Georgia State University

Major: Biology

Career Goal: Dentist

May 23, 2015 at 2:47 pm Leave a comment

Valedictorian of Therrell School of Law, Government & Public Policy Shannon Harris Hopes to Find a Cure for Cancer


Shannon Harris has encountered several different obstacles at D.M. Therrell High School. Obstacles that have the potential to make many adults give up on life. Despite these hurdles, Shannon has remained triumphant. Someone once said, “When we meet real tragedy in life, we can react in two ways-either by losing hope or by using the challenge to find our inner strength.” Shannon’s story has inspired and steered her career path. She plans on majoring in biochemistry and pursuing a career in Medical Research in hopes of one day finding the cure for cancer, as well as work with the development of pharmaceuticals.

Plans to Attend: University of Georgia

Major: Biochemistry

Career Goal: Medical Researcher

May 23, 2015 at 2:45 pm Leave a comment

Shamerria Shuntae Walker is the 2015 Salutatorian of Therrell Health Sciences and Research


Dr. Benjamin E. Mays once stated, “It isn’t a disgrace not to reach the stars, but it is a disgrace to have no stars to reach for.” As Shamerria Walker entered the doors of D.M. Therrell high school four years ago, she anticipated meeting some challenges, but was up for the task—as she was inspired by Dr. Mays’ quote without realizing that this would be her future. During her matriculation at Therrell, she encountered faculty and staff who inspired her to be the very best. She is also grateful for all the support and assistance she received from Miss Silki Modi her college adviser, someone who has been one of the biggest inspirations in her life. Shamerria hopes that her academic success in high school inspires her younger sister to keep education at the forefront of her goals as it is the key to success.

Plans to Attend: Georgia State University

Major: Psychology

Career Goal: Clinical Psychologist

May 23, 2015 at 2:43 pm Leave a comment

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