Meet Sarah Acolatse. She currently attends C.D. Hylton High School. Sarah has a passion for learning languages and has studied Japanese, Korean, Spanish and French. Sarah is her school’s international events dance team’s choreographer. She had held several leadership roles in several of her schools science clubs and actively participates in science conferences across the country. Sarah will be attending the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) fall of 2017. Other notable admissions include Columbia University, Amherst College; Georgetown and more
Meet Rackeb Mered. Currently a senior at Hayfield Secondary High School, Rackeb spends her time leading various school organizations. She is President of the Spanish Honor Society and Secretary of the National Honor Society. As a first-generation Ethiopian-American, she is greatly immersed in the nonprofit sector where she has previously spearheaded a foundation dedicated to tackle homelessness nationally and internationally. She has been admitted to numerous elite colleges and universities including Middlebury College, Georgetown University, Grinnell College and more. Rackeb will be attending Duke University in the fall of 2017 and hopes to pursue a degree in law and business. She has received a myriad of scholarships in recognition of her extensive work and leadership.
Judy Tsegaye is currently a senior at C.D. Hylton High School. She immigrated to the United States from Ethiopia at the age of four with her family. Judy has a passion for learning other languages and has studied both Spanish and Korean in school while also teaching herself Japanese. She is also a leader for Inspire Virginia, a non-profit, nonpartisan organization that aims to strengthen democracy by giving voices to the youth population and promoting civic engagement. She will be attending Stanford University next year and is planning on majoring in Economics.
Abraham Mascio is a senior at Montgomery Blair High School. Born and raised in Asmara, Eritrea, he moved to the United States when he was fifteen years old. In high school, he serves as President of Liberty’s Promise, a group dedicated to help immigrants better adjust and realize the opportunities available to them in their new environment. He has been an avid advocate for immigrants at Montgomery Board of Education to propose and implement solutions towards aiding immigrants to adjust academically and socially. Abraham is also part of other clubs such as Minority Scholars Program and W.E.B Dubois Honor Society that both aim to help students best achieve their potential academically and socially. He will be attending the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) in the fall of 2017.