Congratulations! 

 

We are so proud of the young men and women of the Class of 2020. Though their spring semester was far from perfect, we have encouraged them to be optimistic about the future. Thanks to a number of business and foundation partners, students will be eligible for up to $1,000 to cover expenses for their next step, whether college, the military, or employment. 

DESTINY GRADY

Destiny arrived in Charlottesville in 2010 from Harlem, New York. An incredibly hard worker, she has held down three jobs and helped to care for her father. Next year, Destiny will attend Houston Community College and will eventually head to NYU to pursue a career in criminal justice.

How are you in light of COVID-19?

 

“It doesn't feel right because we have been looking forward to this moment. But I am trying to look on the bright side."

 

Keys to success:

 

"Not giving up.  I kept moving and trying to push myself to be better. Getting up every morning and knowing why I am going to school."
 

 

Shout out to parents: 

 

“My mother was there every step of the way. She and my father would not let me give up. They played a major part in my education."
 

 

Advice to younger students:

 

"Work all four years. The first year I wasn’t worried about school, and thought, 'I’m just going to hang out with my friends.' It made my last year harder. So work your best at everything you do."
 

SAMIRA SAMADI

A native of Iran and fluent in Turkish, Farsi, and English, Samira served as a tutor in ESL, chemistry, and the writing center at CHS. She will be attending UVA to major in biology/pre-med. She recalls their first family physician as a kind friend. "I want to help other refugees."

How are you in light of COVID-19?

 

“I’m trying to make the best of the situation. I took a week or two off, but I kept doing school work so I could retain information for college.”

 

Keys to success:

 

“Resilience. Every setback or everything that brings me down is a motivation to keep pushing and keep growing. I really like to surround myself with hard working people. What I am doing right now is helping to build my future. This is why we came to the US: to have freedom and a good education.”

 

Shout out to parents: 

 

“My mom is a supportive, caring mother. She is strict with schoolwork, but I also make it my priority.”

 

Advice to younger students:

 

“School can be difficult, but high school is  a good time to go through a self-discovery process. It’s crucial to stay focused. What you do in high school determines your future, the next five years, and the next decade. This is your future, and the end depends on how focused and driven you are now.”

 

TAMARIUS WASHINGTON

Tamarius has lived most of his life in Charlottesville. At CHS, he played football and basketball while working a part-time job. He plans to transfer to UVA for business school after attending PVCC. His ultimate goal: to be a business owner.

How are you in light of COVID-19?

 

"I was excited for senior skip day and prank day, but I tried to make the best of the situation. It was hard to focus on schoolwork and I would get distracted. With motivation from my family I was able to complete it all."
 

 

Keys to success:

 

"l did it for my family. I will be a first-generation college student. I'm doing it to make them happy and proud."

 

Shout out to parents: 

 

“My mom is always pushing me to be the best that I can be."
 

 

Advice to younger students:

"Don’t procrastinate. When you have a lot on your plate, you need to structure and prioritize the bigger pieces first. Prioritize the things that will take you the longest to do and come back to the little things later."
 

 

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