Brian Richardson Valmond is the son of Rayland Valmond of Dominica and Rose Astrid Francois Valmond of Haiti. He currently attends Wilmington University majoring in Communication. Brian is a 2016 graduate from the historical Howard High School of Technology, where he excelled in both his English and Business courses. He is active in his Church community at West Wilmington Seventh-Day Adventist Church where he is an Assistant Director for their Pathfinder club. Brian has a love for reading and analyzing movies for he wants to become a Journalist or Film Director in his professional career. The Oscar nominated Film Director Spike Lee and Oscar award winning Actor Denzel Washington are his known influences for his career path. After Wilmington University, Brian plans on transferring back home to Queens, New York to attend St. John’s University or New York University (NYU) to double major in Journalism and Film. A firm believer in Christ he knows by maintaining his faith and continuing to work hard in his studies, the sky is the limit.
Jasmine Miller is the daughter of Marie Miller of Jamaica and Todd Miller Sr. She is a freshman at New York University, double-majoring in psychology and neuroscience on the pre-health track. She is highly involved in theater, piano, writing, and her job as an early childhood assistant teacher. Currently participating in her university’s writing club, Writers Block, she is working toward publishing her short stories. Outside of her hobbies, working with children has influenced her academic path. She chose both of her majors to become a child psychiatrist, hoping to further impact the younger generation individually outside of an educational setting. Jasmine’s hometown is Middletown, Delaware where her mother, father, and brother reside.
Jameela Buchanan is the daughter of Lebert Buchanan from Jamaica and Darlene Buchanan. Jameela graduated from Smyrna High School in May 2016. She is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and minoring in Spanish at Mount Saint Mary’s University. She would also like to go to medical school and become a Sports Medicine Physician. She is involved with many activities at college such as being on the Track and Field team, MCAT Study Group sessions, Health Professions Club, Manos Unidas (volunteer for underprivileged children) and etc. She is a dedicated student and after becoming a Sports Medicine Physician she wants to give back to the Caribbean community in poverty stricken areas.
Juwel Campbell is the son of Garfield Campbell of Jamaica and Arianne Grant. After graduating from Nativity Preparatory School, Juwel attended high school at Salesianum School, an all-boys Catholic School. He played basketball for all four years with the opportunity of winning the State Championship. While enjoying the basketball team, he was able to also maintain his good grades. Since graduating Salesianum School, Juwel is now a student at the University of Delaware. He looks forward to enhancing his learning experience in order to further his growth. He is majoring in business in order to be successful in the business field upon graduation. Juwel’s journey is on-going and he is excited and proud of where his path is leading him.
Angelique Caldwell is the daughter of Claudine Clough from Jamaica and Austin Caldwell. She is a distinguished student, works very hard towards future goals and aspirations, family oriented, and is a virtuous young lady who is always filled with the spirit of the lord. Angelique has had a fascination with oral health care; she didn’t want to be known as the cliché nurse or surgeon, but wanted to step outside of her caliber and become something different. She plans on continuing her education at Florida Atlantic University as a pre-health major and then going to dental school. Her goal is to one day open up a dental practice in South Florida and practice for a few years before going international. Her first stop will be home sweet home Jamaica, where she plans on building dental clinics, and hiring and training dental professionals to provide dental care for those in need. Angelique has a distinct passion for helping others and anticipates becoming one of the best healthcare professionals of her generation
Fatima Edwards is the daughter of Roxann Edwards and Trinidadian Lance Edwards Sr. She currently attends Delaware State University (DSU) majoring in biology and chemistry. She is classified a second semester freshman because she already had acquired 15 general education credits in high school through the DSU’s early bird program. She is also a part of the Delaware State University Honors Program. Some of the benefits she acquired post graduating from Polytech High School is that she received her dental assistant certification and knowledge of running a successful business internship.
Fatima is not only rigorously involved in the classroom. She was a Lady Panther girls’ basketball player since her freshman year, and has participated on varsity since her sophomore year, where she was captain. At DSU, she is currently in the process of running for freshman class vice president and in the process of creating her own nonprofit empowerment organization on campus. She also has the wonderful opportunity to be working on a cure for sickle cell disease at DSU in the chemistry laboratories.
Fatima is also a major advocate in her community. Her service includes: the Delta Sigma Theta GEMS program, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Boys and Girls Club of Kent County Delaware Preventive Coalition, and the Teens in Perspective Youth Group. Fatima, most importantly, is a strong Christian woman who fellowships at Mount Zion AME church in Dover, Delaware. Post graduation, Fatima desires to attend Johns Hopkins Medical School to acquire her doctorate degree. Her long term goal is to become a general pathologist and work at the Center of Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia.
Jordan Elijah Shaw is the son of Trinidadian Alyson Johnson-Shaw, and his American father, Eddie Shaw. Jordan is a 2015 graduate of Brandywine High School where he was a consistent honor roll student for the duration of his high school career. He is the recipient of the SUNY Oswego Destination Scholarship award and was featured in the 2013 United State Achievement Academy Yearbook for achievements in Science. He was a participant in the World of Money Financial Literacy Program in New York as an attendee and volunteer and has also completed the 2015 Delaware Achievers Academy. Jordan is currently attending the University of Delaware and is pursuing a degree in computer engineering. Professionally, he plans on becoming a computer software engineer with a concentration in mobile applications. He hopes to own his own company that specializes in developing the latest and greatest in mobile technology.
Michael , the son of Sarah and Keith McDougal of Guyana, was a 2015 graduate from Brandywine High School. While attending Brandywine he was a four year class officer, four year key club member, F.A.M.E student, and Leadership in Enrichment Arts Program student. Outside of school, he was the varsity lacrosse captain his senior year (obtaining honors of First Team All-Conference) and worked at Chick-Fil-A in the Concord Mall. In his spare time, Michael would volunteer at his neighborhood PAL, where he acted as an after school tutor for the youth of the community. Michael now attends King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania where he majors in Chemical Engineering. His goals are to stay in the 3+2 Dual Degree program where he completes his first three years at King’s College and obtains his chemistry degree, and then transfers to the University of Notre Dame to complete two more years and obtain his engineering degree.
Ashley Jean-Baptiste is the daughter of Amos and Suzette Jean-Baptiste, both of Haitian descent. Ashley was born and raised in Sussex County, Delaware. She graduated from Sussex Central High School in Georgetown, DE, and now attends Delaware State University, where she is majoring in Pre-Nursing. In high school, she was a member of National Honor Society, Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA), and Talent Search. She obtained her Medical Assistant Certificate through SCHS. Ashley challenged herself by taking honor and AP Courses. She loves GOD and faithfully attends the First Haitian Church of God in Blades, DE. There, she is the leader of the praise dance ministry and actively participates in the youth and young adult ministry. Ashley aspires to become a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, and her long term goal is to open a facility in Haiti and care for infants and children. Her passion is helping others and working with children, and feels it would be a honor to give back to her home country.
Ashley Lawrence is the daughter of Marlina Lawrence who is of Jamaican and Cuban descent. Ashley graduated from the Charter School of Wilmington, and is currently a freshman at the University of Delaware. At Charter, she was very active in her classes and activities; she even took multiple honors and AP courses over the four years such as AP psychology and AP biology. She was the president of YELLSADD (youth eliminating the loss of life, students against destructive decisions), and was a four year member of URM (underrepresented minorities). In college, she is majoring in nursing and plans to minor in human development and family studies.
She is known by everyone as a very outgoing, bubbly person who loves to make new friends and experience all that life has to offer. She also enjoys helping those who are in need, which is why she is a frequent volunteer at Habitat for Humanity and A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children.
Ashley is a pediatric cancer survivor and her future has been greatly influenced by that. She plans to be a pediatric registered nurse in an oncology department so that she can take care of kids who are growing up similar to how she did; she wants to make sure that their time in the hospital is not completely a negative memory in their minds.