"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.
SEE THE SLIDESHOW OF THE GRADUATION PARTY HERE
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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!