The District of Columbia State Athletics Association (DCSAA), the Washington D.C. association that oversees post-season high school athletic contests, held its first Student Athlete Academic Scholarship Winners Reception on May 14 at Carnegie Library in Washington, D.C. The reception honored 21 high school seniors who were each selected to receive $1,000 college scholarships from the DCSAA, Modell’s Sporting Goods and Wendy’s restaurants.

“This is our legacy class,” said Executive Director Clark Ray. “Thanks to our sponsors, we were able to secure $21,000 to give out only to DC athletes for not only excelling on the field, but excelling in the classroom as well.”

The DCSAA was created in 2012 by D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray to expand interscholastic competition and enhance student-athlete achievement in public schools, public charter schools and independent private and parochial schools.

This year’s scholarship winners represented 11 schools from across the District, including public, charter and private schools. 21 student-athletes applied for the academic scholarship, and all 21 met the criteria.

“Tonight was about students first,” said Ray. “We root for them, cheer for them in all of their academic endeavors. Athletics come second.”

The winners of the Modell’s Scholarships are: Kai DeBerry-Bostick (McKinley Technology HS); Eliana Duran (Washington Latin PCS); London Freeland (Dunbar Senior HS); Dorian Marshall (National Collegiate Preparatory PCS); Jacinda Miller (Wilson Senior HS); Sydney Alexandra Morris (Georgetown Day School); Ruben Pansegrouw (School Without Walls HS); Nadja Theodore (Benjamin Banneker HS); and Triston Thompson (Cesar Chavez PCS).

The winners of the Wendy’s Scholarships are: Alistair Andrulis (Washington Latin PCS); Mecca Brown (Dunbar Senior HS); Fatima Fairfax (Georgetown Day School); Quentin Hugee (Kipp DC College Preparatory); Marquivious Hunter (KIPP DC College Preparatory); DerJuan Murphy (Cesar Chavez PCS); Samantha T.W. Nelson (Cardozo Education Center); Mark Nicolas (McKinley Technology HS); Maya Patel (Georgetown Day School); Terry Talford (Dunbar Senior HS); Tyler Thompson (Cesar Chavez PCS); and Anna Tsai (School Without Walls HS).


Breana Pitts

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