WESTMINSTER, Md. (WMAR) — Five lucky Baltimore City high school seniors were surprised with full academic scholarships to McDaniel College.
In the era of COVID-19, each of the students received the great news online via zoom.
The students who are now college bound are Akinwumi Akinfenwa of Polytechnic Institute, Karen Cuahutepitzi of Vivien T. Thomas Medical Arts Academy, Kayla Gauger of Green Street Academy, Taylor-Simone Johnson of Western High School, and Valerie Reown of City Neighbors High School.
Akinfenwa hopes to become a neurosurgeon. He's completed more than 60 hours of clinical rotations across Johns Hopkins medical campuses and other Baltimore clinics, while researching the relationship between colorectal cancer and microbes, along with the connection between lead poisoning and low-income communities.
Ranking number one in her senior class, Cuahutepitzi wants to be a midwife someday. She's already completed over 60 hours of clinical rotations across Johns Hopkins medical campuses and other Baltimore clinics.
Gauger is a writer for her school's newspaper and is likely to be her class valedictorian. She has interned at law firms in hopes of becoming an attorney that helps low level offenders and those falsely accused.
A National Honor Society member, Johnson has her own hair company and is interested in becoming a civil rights lawyer.
Looking to change society through her art and writing, Reown has been working on a novel since the 10th grade.
We here at WMAR-2 News congratulate all five students and wish them the best on their college journey.