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Salute to the Class of 2022!

Congrats #SoFuGrads!

Natalie Jacobs

Westlake High School

Holding both the titles of valedictorian of her Westlake High School class of 2022 and of 2021 to 2022 drum major, Natalie Jacobs rounded out her days at Westlake High School as part of Beta Club and Student Government as a senior representative. She also performed with the school’s jazz, concert, and marching bands.

The Magnet, Advanced Placement, and International Baccalaureate scholar is a member of Girl Scouts and serves as a volunteer with the City of South Fulton. At Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, she plans to major in politics in order to pursue a career in environmental law. She also looks to join the world renowned FAMU Marching 100.

Zachary Johnson

Westlake High School

Zachary E. Johnson has been a resident of the South Fulton since the age of 5. Zachary is very active in his community and is passionate about volunteerism. He serves on the Junior Usher Board, Junior Choir and has been a Youth speaker at Antioch Baptist Church North under Pastor Kenneth Alexander. He is an active member of the Hank Stewart Foundation and has been for over 10 years. It is very rare to find Zachary without his drawing pencils. Zachary will major in Cartoon Animation and Computer Science at Bowie State University in Maryland in the Fall.

Ashalah Wright

Langston Hughes High School

Ashalah Michelle Wright is an honor graduate of Langston Hughes High School and holds an Associates Degree  from Georgia Military College.  Wright also had the opportunity to attend Fulton Co. Career Academy's Culinary & Hospitality Program which prepared her to continue her entrepreneurial career in the food industry and business.  She is the Owner & Operator of Cook Me Up a Notch. She has extensive community service experience. She has received the following honors:  National High School Honor Society, Treasurer of the Junior Beta Club, President of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) , NAACP- Atlanta Youth Council Member, Teachers of Atlanta Excellence in Business Award. She was a 2020 Steve Harvey’s Disney Dreamer Award Recipient and served as the  National Black Chef’s Network Atlanta Chapter President. Wright has committed to attend Hampton University and study study International Business & Economics.

Nabih Karim

Hapeville Charter Career Academy

The valedictorian of Hapeville Charter Career Academy, Nabih Karim has participated in several clubs such as Future Business Leaders of America, Skills USA, Student Government Association, and National Beta Club. She also has been inducted into the National Honor Society and is a student ambassador through the Student Ambassador Program of the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office. She earned an associate degree from Georgia Military College. Karim plans to study biology as part of Georgia State University’s Honors College.

Nadia Tete

Hapeville Charter Career Academy

Nadia Tete graduated number five in her class with a 3.97 GPA, finishing at Hapeville Charter Career Academy in three years as an early graduate. She was a member of the Student Government Association and the Student Ambassador Program of the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office. As of Fall 2022, she is planning to start her journey of earning her bachelor’s degree in exercise science at Georgia State University. She plans to join a physical therapy program and to become a sports physical therapist upon graduation.

Grace Urukpeoghene Okpurukre

Creekside High School

As a Creekside High School student, Grace Urukpeoghene Okpurukre took honors, Advanced Placement, and Dual Enrollment classes as well as participated in Beta Club, National Honors Society, National Society of High School Scholars, and Future Business Leaders of America.Raised in a Nigerian household, she participated in marching, concert, and jazz bands as a member and as a section leader in marching band for the horn section and first chair French horn player in concert band.

Okpurukre plans to attend the University of Georgia on a pre-law track to major in business management and afterward move on to law school to prepare to become a corporate attorney.

Ayomide Oreofeoluwa Fayemi

Creekside High School

Ayomide Oreofeoluwa Fayemi’s parents knew life as an immigrant wouldn’t be easy, so they remained steadfast at emphasizing the importance of education to her.

Fayemi listened and went on to graduate as salutatorian for the Class of 2022 at Creekside High School. Born in Lagos, Nigeria, and having relocated to the United States at age 10 with her family, Fayemi was involved in Academic Team, Korean Club and track team at her school. In 11th grade, she became captain of the Academic Team.

She has received awards and recognitions such as Governor’s Honors Program nominee (twice), Quest Bridge College Prep Scholar, Quest Bridge National Match Scholar and Golden Door Scholar.  

Fayemi plans to study chemistry at Washington University in St. Louis on a full scholarship. After that, she intends to receive an M.D. and a Ph.D. and become a groundbreaking medical scientist. She hopes to open research facilities in Africa and break the stigma around HIV/AIDS.  

Jazmine Folasade Afolayan

Creekside High School

Jazmine Folasade Afolayan has a love for learning new things and hopes one day to be a bright light in a dark world in any way possible. At Creekside High School, Afolayan graduated top of her class asvaledictorian of the Class of 2022. She also was PAGE STAR Student 2022, for having the highest SAT test score. She was involved in debate, sports, band and the French Honor Society. 

Born to an immigrant family — with her mother from Jamaica and her father from Nigeria — Afolayan attended Evoline C. West Elementary and Bear Creek Middle schools before entering Creekside High School.

She enjoys playing video games and discovering new ways to express her vast imagination.

Syeara Dunlap

Howard University

Syeara Dunlap can now add college graduate to her list of accomplishments. The former Westlake High School student graduated from Howard University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. While at Howard, she was the site coordinator for Oakland, California, and Baltimore, Maryland, for the organization Alternative Spring Break, which is a community service program purposed to provide over 500 students with a week of impactful experiences through serving in domestic and international communities.  

Graduates compiled by April Rogerson and Erikka Searles Mitchell. 

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