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Celebrating 2020 Graduates!

It is SFL's Pleasure to Showcase These Exceptional Students!

Article by Compiled by Erikka Searles Mitchell, April Rogerson and Michelle Taylor Willis

Originally published in SOFU Lifestyle

Celebrating Our 2020 Graduates!

Vincent Marsalis Batts

Westlake High School

Parents: William Victor Batts and Vivian Knott Batts

First student in the history of Westlake High School to be a finalist in the International Science Fair

President of the Westlake Technology Student Association

Men of Westlake Club hosted a huge giveaway and special Valentine's day gifts for the women of the school

Future Plans: Georgia Institute of Technology and majoring in Mechanical Engineering, interning at Georgia Tech’s Center for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics, and Computing (CEISMC) office

Jadaja Baxter

Riverwood International Charter School (student in magnet program)

Parents: Jimmy and Monica Baxter

Track & Field school record holder

Concert Orchestra

Future Plans: Major in Biomedical Sciences and becoming a Pharmacist

Jordyn Chidebelu-Eze 

Westlake High School

Parents: Mia Fuse and Obi Chidebelu-Eze 

Westlake HS Chorus

Yearbook and School Magazine contributor

Delta GEMS participant

Future Plans: Georgia State University and major in Business/Marketing with a concentration in the arts and/or fashion merchandising. Jordyn will continue promoting her music and creative writing publishing company, Amarachi Publishing Group.

Carole Loren Echols
Westlake High School
Parents: Curtis and Ayanna Echols
Westlake High School Volleyball Team
The B.E.E Club
Future Plans: Tennessee State University to major in Business Administration in order to pursue a career in Real Estate.

Dontonio Farmer-Williams

Hapeville Charter Career Academy

Parents: Antonio Farmer and Erykah Farmer-Williams

President of the National Honor Society

Mr. Blue & Gold Homecoming 2019

Earned  Associates of Arts from Georgia Military College in July 2020

Future Plans: Attending Tuskegee University to obtain a degree in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Business Management

Lydia N. Freeman

Westlake High School

Parents: Michael and Tisya Freeman

Winning the 7A Girls Basketball State Championship three years in a row (2018, 2019 & 2020) as the starting five Post Player for the Westlake Lady Lions

Ranked one of the Top 25 Post Players in the State of Georgia

Honor Roll Student all four years of high school

Future Plans: Major in History at Georgia Southern University on a full athletic scholarship

Caliya Galloway

Westlake High School

Cory and Carla Smith 

Magnet/Honors Student

Varsity Tennis Team

Future Plans: Attending Fort Valley State University majoring in Biology. Caliya plans to become a geneticist and would like to have her own private practice and specialize in genetic counseling.

Terry Gilbert

Langston Hughes High School

Parents: Terry and Elisha Gilbert and Van Stallings

Dual enrollment student at GA Military College (earning his Associates along with his high school diploma) and working at the local Publix

Captain of the Football Team 

Participated in Let Us Make Men annually where he learned how to be a leader and learned different aspects of being a black man—the opportunities, college, career, challenges, etc.

Attended Anytown Leadership Academy in Kansas City, Missouri, where he learned about race, gender, sexual orientation, classism, and how to be a better leader while better understanding all of our differences.

Received 23 college acceptances (he applied to 24) and received over $400,000 in scholarship offers  

Future Plans: Officially became a part of the United States Army Reserves when he was sworn in Monday, May 11, 2020. Ranked as an E4 (he got credit for being in Jr ROTC and college credit), Specialist Terry D Gilbert. He will also be attending Tennessee State University where he will major in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance. He plans to join the ROTC program there and when he graduates with his bachelor’s degree, he will also be promoted to Officer in the Army. From there he plans to further his education in graduate school after joining the military full-time. 

Garrett Horton

Tabor Academy in Marion, MA (Boarding School)

Parents: Gary and Jennifer Horton

Student Government Association

Conducted tours for prospective students, worked on the crew for the annual musical and served as lead lighting designer 

Life Scout and hopes to obtain his Eagle Scout badge before his 18th birthday

Participated in a service trip to Vietnam, where they assisted in building a home for a local family

Speaks fluent Chinese and has passed the AP Chinese exam  

Future Plans: Garrett was accepted into nine universities and plans to attend Hampton University where he was selected as an Honors Program participant.

Ari Hawkins

KIPP Atlanta Collegiate High School

Parent: Missy Hawkins 

Hosted two fundraising charitable events to feed the homeless and provided feminine hygiene products

Selected 20 under 20 Atlanta INtown Honoree

Gradating with over 600 hours of community service hours  

Future plans: Attend Spelman College to study Political Science with a minor in Public Health

Ymani Danielle Henderson

Landmark Christian School

Parent: Kimberly Henderson.

Student government


Future Plans: Graduate college and pursue a career in event planning

Melaiah C. Hobbs

Langston Hughes High School

Parents: Doris Pinkett-Hobbs and Theron Hobbs

Georgia Military College Associates Degree Recipient

Honors Graduate

Field of Dreams Academy, Inc. 2020 Scholar of the Year

HOPE Grant Recipient

Captain of LHHS Volleyball Team

Future Plans: Attending the University of West Georgia majoring in Biology and minoring in Psychology and Sports Management. Melaiah's career goal is to become a Physical Therapist with plans to open her own Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation practice. 

Aaron Johnson

Westlake High School

Parents: Mr. Aaron Johnson and Dr. Alanna Johnson

Coordinating the National Honor Society Induction Ceremony Part of the first cohort of speakers for Westlake's very own Ted Talks, dubbed Westlake Out Loud

Star Senior for the 2019-20 school year

Future Plans: Howard University as a Biology major on a Pre-Med track to become a Pediatric cardiothoracic Surgeon

Chayah Nicole Magee

Creekside High School

Parents: Charlie and Yolanda Magee 

SGA President 

Varsity Cheerleader - Captain

Varsity Soccer and Swim

National Hispanic Club - Vice President 

Debate Team


ChosEn Model 

2020 Debutante - Forever Pink Foundation 

Jack and Jill of America Incorporated, Greater Metropolitan Atlanta Chapter 
Future Plans: Georgia State University, Political Science, plans to be a lawyer

Kendall Mack

Sandy Creek High School

Parents: Elroy and Sherri Mack

Honors Graduate

FCA Leader

Four-year Letter Varsity Volleyball

Future Plans: Attending Xavier University of Louisiana majoring in Biology or Public Health on the Pre-Med track

Maya Lauren Mitchell 

Woodward Academy, College Park, GA

Parents: William and Melissa Mitchell

Senior and Junior Class Senator at Woodward Academy

Volunteer with Love Beyond Walls, a nonprofit focused on eradicating homelessness

Teen Financial Secretary and active member of the Atlanta Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. 

Future Plans: Maya will attend The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill in the fall

Cequan J Mobley

Parents: Tammy Mobley and LaPonce Mobley

Westlake High School

Maintained a GPA of 3.5 taking AP and Honors classes while balancing plenty of extracurricular activities

Involved in JROTC as the battalion S-6 officer for the past two years and a participating cadet all four years

Member of Westlake High School’s iSchool Advocate Team

Involved in Theater Tech working A/V

Member of THE Mighty Marching Lions, the highly rated Westlake Symphonic Band and drumline

Future Plans: Attending Middle Georgia State University and majoring in Aviation Science and Management to one day be a DELTA Airlines commercial pilot

Alaysha Randall

Riverwood International Charter School. 

Parents: Alvin & Constance Randall

Traveling to Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa & Mutare, Zimbabwe for a short-term mission trip without my parents to provide services to young children who were living with or had been orphaned by the HIV/AIDS crisis. 

The Legacy Club "God’s PROMise” initiative to girls in the community who were in need of a prom dress. This initiative was not only a way of giving back to those in need, but also a way to relieve some of the added stress during this time of year for those who needed assistance with prom dresses.

Taking IB/AP courses while staying on Honor Roll and maintaining a 3.7 GPA

Future Plans: Spelman College with dual enrollment at Emory University this fall, pursing a major in Biomedical Engineering on the pre-med track with a plan to become an Obstetrician

Mykierra Reid

Westlake High School

Parents: Ulysses and Harriett Reid

Vice President of HOSA and PR Representative of Women of Westlake

Awarded the Most College Acceptances Award: 32 colleges with over $300,000 in scholarships, with all the application fees waived

Featured along with my classmates on billboards in South Fulton

Future Plans: Kennesaw State University, majoring in Biology and minoring in Psychology. Eventually attending medical school to become a Cosmetic Dermatologist with at least 10 locations across the United States

Micah Robinson.

Westlake Highschool. Steven Robinson and Tiffany Robinson

Nominated for the Congress of Future Medical Leaders Award of Excellence

Future Plans: Attending Furman University on athletic scholarship (football) and majoring in Health Science

Brandon Smith

Parents: Thanayi Barone Smith and David Smith

Woodward Academy 

Two-time Georgia All State Chorus Participant

Captain of the State Championship Wrestling Team two years in a row

Woodward Academy Global Scholar

Member of the National Honor Society

President of Teens over Trash (a local organization that picks up trash in College Park)

President of the Black Student Union

4.2 GPA throughout high school

Future Plans: Brandon has received numerous merit scholarships to attend college and has chosen to take a gap year at American University and then attend Mercer University as a recipient of the Zell Miller and Jesse Mercer Scholarships.

Mikayla Smith

Woodard Academy

Parents: Ayanay Ferguson and Torrey Smith

W. A. Robotics FRC Robotics team (Engineering Lead)

Girls Who Code Accenture Immersion Graduate (her 3-person team won a city-wide coding competition for Atlanta and received $1,500 for their webpage design)

Graduating with Silver Eagle Honors

Future Plans:  Attend Hampton University and major in Computer Engineering Received $129,000 in scholarships from Hampton

SaVion Smith

Hapeville Charter Career Academy

Parents: Lorenzo Linsey and Catherine Smith

Dual Enrollment Graduate from Georgia Military College, graduating with an Associates in Applied Science and General Studies

One of the top 25 students at Hapeville Charter Career Academy 

A proud 5STRONG Scholar and being able to build a loving bond with the members of the organization

Future Plans: Attend Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University as a 5STRONG Scholar, majoring in Criminal Justice with a minor in Forensics and Foreign Language 

Kerrington (Kerri) E'lanni Stratton
Woodward Academy, College Park, GA
Parents: Carmalitha Gumbs-Martin, Michael Martin
Varsity Lacrosse

Black Student Union

Festival/Jazz Choir

Woodward Summer Camp Counselor
Future Plans: Spelman College majoring in Biology/PreMed track with a minor in Spanish to become an OB/GYN focusing on Black Maternal Health or underserved communities. She often labels herself as a feminist and is an extreme advocate of the Future Is Female. 

Aleksis Townsend

Parents: Kristopher and Keshauna Carter

Langston Hughes High School

Member of the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)

National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS)


Future Plans: Attend Albany State University in the fall to major in Sports Medicine 

Michael Taylor White

Woodward Academy

Parents: Michael and Dorothea White

Lettered in track

Co-President of the Woodward Black Student Union

Spearheaded the 1st HBCU college tour at Woodward Academy

Holds a 3.7 GPA

Future Plans: Attend Howard University with a major in Mass Communication and Film Studies

  • Vincent Batts
  • Jadaja Baxter
  • Jordyn Chidebelu-Eze
  • Carole Echols
  • Dontonio Farmer
  • Lydia Freeman
  • Caliya Galloway
  • Terry Gilbert
  • Garret Horton
  • Ari Hawkins
  • Melaiah Hobbs
  • Chayah Magee
  • Kendall Mack
  • Maya Mitchell
  • Cequan Mobley
  • Alaysha Randall
  • Mykierra Reid
  • Micah Robinson
  • Brandon Smith
  • Mikayla Smith
  • SaVion Smith
  • Kerri Stratton
  • Aleksis Townsend
  • Michael Taylor White
  • Ymani Henderson
  • Aaron Johnson