Tuesday, June 4, 2013

2013 D-B Graduates: Seize the Moment!

"Seize the moment," 2013 African-American graduates of Dobyns-Bennett High School were told by several inspirational speakers the weekend of May 11th.

The event was a party given for the graduates by Johnnie Mae Swagerty with New Vision Youth;  Jill Ellis, former teacher at Douglass Elementary/High School and former guidance counselor at D-B; Dawnella Ellis, former D-B teacher;  Olivia Swafford, parent;  and Calvin Sneed, interim Vice President for Sons and Daughters of Douglass, Inc, and webmaster for the Douglass Alumni/Riverview Community website.

Speaking to the group was D-B Assistant Principal Eric Lyons, and Teddy Gaines, former D-B, U-T and NFL football standout and current assistant football coach at Tusculum College in Greeneville, TN.

This year's graduate list was one of the highest ever for African-American graduates at D-B.  21 seniors officially graduated on Saturday, May 25th.  The diplomas themselves can be picked up in the D-B Counseling Office starting June 10, 2013 for those seniors who meet all graduation requirements.


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There are 22 African-American graduating seniors at D-B for 2013.  They are:

1. Anderson, Andrel Trevior

2. Armstrong, QueenAsia De'Andra

3. Blye, Teiaira Dejuanta

4. Bristol, Victor James

5. Deal, Daysia Breanne

6. Dockery, William Sharhee

7. Edwards, Malcolm Thomas

8. Foreman, Tony Malik

9. Hargrave, Adrian L'Shawn

10. Hutchinson, Sara Sierra Zolene

11. Johnson, Alantez Kinard

12. Johnson, Sha-Karye Ariann

13. Jordan, Taylor Nadine

14. Menya, Sheldon Omondi

15. Morrisette, Cydnee Corean

16. Price, Victoria Lannette

17. Stafford, Devin Arnez

18. Stafford, Javon Charles

19. Swafford, Devaun Shauntel

20. Turner, Justice Einette

21. Watts, Donneisha Patricia

22. Williams, Blake Jeremiah

After speeches and acknowledgements, the graduates were treated to lunch for themselves and their families.

Congratulations to all the graduating seniors and their families from the Riverview Community and the Sons and Daughters of Douglass!