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Beacons and Rays

Christopher Atkinson

Christopher, age 17, is the son of Mr. Benjy and Mrs. Denise Atkinson of Lithonia, Georgia. He is a senior honor roll student at Miller Grove High School located in Lithonia, Georgia.

Christopher is a distinguished student, as a member of the National Honor and Beta Societies as well as the National Math and Science Society his academic achievements rank among the top in his class.

His stellar work extends beyond the classroom into various extracurricular activities. Christopher is currently a candidate for the 2007-2008 Senior Class President. An excellent vocalist, he is a member of the Miller Grove Drama Club and Chorus.

Christopher’s artistic talents do not stop there; he is the captain and founder of the Silver Impulse and Lady Impulse Step Team. Singing, acting, modeling and playing basketball are some of his hobbies.

Christopher is an active member of New Birth Baptist Church; he has loaned his vocal and spoken talents to the youth choir and the youth ministry since 2000. As a Longfellow Program participant he has volunteered numerous hours in outreach to the community.

Christopher plans to pursue a career in broadcasting. His goal is to become a CEO of a major broadcasting corporation.

Alexandria Lamar

Alexandria Lamar-Billingslea, age 16, is the daughter of Dynite Darlene Billingslea of Atlanta, Georgia. Alexandria is an Honor Roll senior at Fredrick Douglass High School in Atlanta, GA.

An avid student, Alexandria has received many academic awards. She is the 2004 recipient of the Henry McNeal Turner Achievement Award. She is a member of the National Honor’s Society, the National Honor Roll, Future Business Leaders of America and Fredrick Douglass High School Student Government Association. Alexandria has been nominated to Who’s Who Among American High School Students for her outstanding academic performance. In 2006 Alexandria had the opportunity to travel to Japan as a People to People Ambassador.

Alexandria is a stellar athlete. She participates in cheerleading and track and field at Fredrick Douglass High School. She has earned numerous awards in track for her sprinting abilities in the 200m, 400m, 4 by 100m relay and 4 by 400m relay. She has attended the AAU Track and Field Nationals since 2005 and received the Coach's Award presented by Quicksilver Track Club.

In her free time Alexandria enjoys writing, cheerleading, styling hair, planning events, and reading. Her future goal is to pursue a career in forensic sciences, business administration, finance or culinary arts. She also plans to own a chain of restaurants.

Amber Brittian

Amber, age 16, is the daughter of Lisa and Shelton Cunningham of Powder Springs, Georgia. She attends South Cobb High School in Austell, GA and she is a senior honor student.

Amber has received many academic awards. She is listed in Who’s Who Among High School Students, is a member of the National Society of High School Students, has a published poem, and was featured in the Marietta Daily Journal in 2006.

Amber is undoubtedly a future leader. She is a member of the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and the Student Council. She has also served as Class Secretary, an Eagle Ambassador, and as a Fellow of Christian Athletes.

Amber volunteers at the Tony Matthews’ Boys and Girls Club and the Mt. Ephraim Baptist Church. When Amber is not serving the community she enjoys dancing with Siloam Church International’s Tehalia Dance Ministry, traveling, and public speaking.

Amber intends to pursue a career in Entertainment Law.

Jordan Clanagan

Jordan Clanagan, age 16, is the son of Deidre and Reginald Pearson of Atlanta, Georgia. Jordan attends Lakeside High School in Atlanta, Georgia, where he is a senior.

Jordan is an exemplary student. He is on the honor roll and has been nominated to Who’s Who Among American High School Students for his outstanding academic performance. A focused student and leader, Jordan is a member of the youth council and National Youth Leadership Forum, an organization designed to empower young people to make well informed career choices.

As a member of ROTC drill team and debate team, discipline and excellence are two words synonymous with Jordan. His commitment to ROTC and fascination with flight simulators is fueled by his interest in aviation. In his spare time Jordan collects model cars, swims and writes poetry.

Jordan plans to pursue a career as a commercial airline pilot.

Kerrah Coleman

Kerrah Coleman, age 16, is the daughter of Glenn and Myrtis Coleman of Conyers, Georgia. She is a senior and honor student at Salem High School in Conyers, Georgia.

Kerrah has obtained numerous awards throughout high school; some of these awards include the World History Award and the Pundit Award. Aside from her many awards Kerrah is an active member of Future Business Leaders of America, the Anchor Club, and Skills USA, a partnership designed to help students excel and become skilled professionals.

Kerrah has been a member of the Girl Scouts of America for eight years. During this time she has served Troop 13678 as a leader in training for three years and an assistant troop leader for two years. Kerrah has also volunteered at the library, Food Bank, Empty Stocking Fund, and Nicolas House, a shelter which helps homeless families achieve self-sufficiency.

Kerrah enjoys swimming, shopping, dancing, volunteering, singing, sleepovers, and parties.

She is interested in pursuing a career as a pharmacist or sports agent.

Joshua Collins

Joshua Collins, age 17, is the son of Marietta and Clarence Collins of Sandy Springs, Georgia. Joshua is a senior and attends Riverwood High School in Sandy Springs, Georgia.

Joshua is an excellent student. He is on the honor roll and has been nominated to Who’s Who Among American High School Students for his outstanding academic performance. A distinguished student, Joshua has received many academic honors including Riverwood High School Honor Roll and Deans List.

Joshua understands that to be a leader you must be hard working and dedicated. He serves as the Vice President of the Beta Club and is a member of the Riverwood ambassadors.

When Joshua is not involved with school and extra curricular activities he enjoys playing sports, hanging with friends, and listening to music.
Joshua has keen debate skills and is an innovative thinker.

He plans to pursue a career as a child psychologist or a civil rights attorney

Malesha Craig

Malesha Suk Craig, age 17, is the daughter of Chong Suk Ha and Charlie Craig of Atlanta, Georgia. She is a senior and honor student at Forest Park High School in Forest Park, Georgia.

Malesha serves as a member of the Forest Park High School Leadership Team. An outstanding athlete, Malesha participates in volleyball and basketball. She has received the 2007 Hustle Award for her efforts on the court. For her academic dedication and athletic abilities she was awarded the 2006 Scholar Athlete Award.
She serves as an ambassador for Babb and Forest Park Middle Schools where she enjoys introducing and preparing up-coming freshman students for high school.

In her free time Malesha takes pleasure in dancing, drawing, singing and photography.

Her favorite inspirational quote is “Obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.”- Michael Jordan

Malesha plans to pursue a career in advertisement, architecture, or secondary education.

Kenyon Dudley

Kenyon Dudley, age 17, is the son of James and Sharon Dudley of Lithonia, Georgia. He is a senior and honor student at Miller Grove High School in Lithonia, Georgia.

Kenyon, ranked within the top 8% of his class, is an Honor Roll student and has made several appearances on the President’s List for the 2006-07 school year. As a result of his hard work and dedication, Kenyon was inducted into the National Honor Society.

Kenyon is very active within his school, church, and community. Being an example and leader amongst his peers, he serves as Mr. Miller Grove. He is also actively involved in Drama, MGTV News, and Chorus.

Kenyon is a playwright, lyricist, preacher, and a professional singer. Among his many accomplishments and successes, he recently released his self titled gospel album, featuring his debut single, Fire

Kenyon has embraced the entertainment industry throughout his early years. His future aspirations include broadcast journalism, art, acting, and entertainment/media.

Ashley Eady

Ashley Eady, age 17, is the daughter of Judge Fred Eady and Mrs. Arnetta Eady. Ashley is a senior and honor student at Riverwood High School in Sandy Springs, Georgia.

She is a member of the National Honor Society, National Society for High School Scholars, Beta Club, and Captain of the Black History Team. Ashley has exhibited leadership as Student Body President, Junior Class President, President of the RHS Advanced Women’s Ensemble, and as a member of Future Business Leaders of America.

Ashley is also committed to community service. She has served as a Youth Representative for the Conference Council on Youth Ministries of the United Methodist Church and participated in the Christian Rites of Passage Debutante and Beau Program in 2006.

Ashley is a three sport varsity letterman. She is a member of the track and field team, the cheerleading team, and the basketball team. In her spare time she likes to play the piano, travel, and spend time with friends and family.

Ashley plans to pursue a career in International Law.

Makaiya Hart

Makaiya Hart, age 17, is the daughter of Ramona Hart and Dillie Mitchell. Makaiya is an Honor Roll senior at Fredrick Douglass High School in Atlanta, GA.

She is a member of the National Honor Society, Beta Club, Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, and Future Business Leaders of America. Makaiya has exhibited leadership within the Student Government Association as her grade level executive secretary for three years. This year Makaiya will represent her Fredrick Douglass school community as Miss Fredrick Douglass High.

Makaiya is an active member of her church and community. She has participated in Siloam Church International’s youth group, Generation Chosen, SCI youth choir, and the SCI Dance Ministry. When Makaiya is not active with school, sports or church she volunteers her time to her community. She has volunteered for the last four years at the Crestview Nursing Home, as well as with her church.

Makaiya is an avid athlete. Although she has participated in tennis since 2006, her passion is cheerleading. Throughout her high school career she has served as a Fredrick Douglass Astros junior varsity and varsity cheerleader. In her spare time she likes to shop, talk on the phone, tumble, and spend time with friends.

Makaiya plans to pursue a career as a pediatrician.

Morris Jones III

Morris is the son of Morris and Elaine Jones of Riverdale, Georgia. He is a senior and honor student at Arlington Christian School located in Fairburn, Georgia.

A very strong scholar, Morris received recognition for Excellence in Spanish and as an Algebra II Master Mathematician during his sophomore year. As a junior Morris continued to show academic consistency when he was honored for his Achievement in Geometry and earned the Chemistry Scholar Award.

Morris is a gifted athlete. No stranger to commitment, Morris has participated in cross-country and track and field for the past three years. He competes in the long jump, the triple jump, 400m, the four-by-one relay, and the four-by-four relay. An even greater testament to Morris’s commitment is his recently attained status in Taekwondo. After 12 years of hard work Morris kicked his way into a first degree black belt.

Morris is also very active as a leader in school and the community. He has served as a member of the Student Government Association where he filled the roles of Representative and Parliamentarian. For asserting himself as a leader Morris received the Key Club Leadership Award and was also chosen to be a part of the People to People Ambassador Program. In his spare time Morris enjoys running, martial arts, and playing the trumpet.

Morris plans to study math and science and pursue a career in either computer or electronic engineering.

Demetrius E. McCoy

Demetrius E. McCoy, age 17, is the son of Mr. Michael and Mrs. Gwendolyn McCoy of Lithonia, Georgia. He is a senior and honor student at Miller Grove High School located in Lithonia, Georgia.

Demetrius is an active student. He serves as a student representative for the DeKalb County School Board. He is member of Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), Christians in Action, and the Miller Grove Beauxs. His strong writing abilities make him a vital contributor to the Miller Grove newspaper and yearbook. For his outstanding high level of participation, he was a recipient of the 2006-2007 Miller Grove Leadership Award.

A gifted orator, Demetrius enjoys public speaking and delivering advice to his peers. Demetrius participates in various service projects with the Miller Grove Beauxs. Running, swimming and skating are a few hobbies he enjoys.

Demetrius plans to pursue a career in education and aspires to become a high school principal.

Carter Murray Jr.

Carter Murray, Jr., age 17, is the son of Flora and Carter Murray, Sr. of Forest Park, Georgia. He is a senior and honor student at Forest Park High School in Forest Park, Georgia.

Carter is a stellar student, leader, and athlete within his school and community. He is an active and dedicated participant of Future Business Leaders of America, and Junior Achievement. He has also received recognition for accomplishments within track and field and cross country.

Carter enjoys reading, listening to music, and running during his down time. He is an advocate for his community and church; Carter volunteers with fellow peers serving youth and other citizens of Forest Park, Georgia.

Carter is an innovative thinker and looks to provide services to the world by way of technology. He aspires to become an entrepreneur, owning a Technical Business Provider Service.

Brianna Quails

Brianna Quails, age 16, is the daughter of Audrey Quails of Lithonia, Georgia. She is a senior and honor student at Miller Grove High School in Lithonia, Georgia.

Making the honor roll for the 2005-2006, and the 2006-2007 school years shows that Brianna is no stranger to hard work. Currently, Brianna serves as an active member of the Student Council and Future Business Leaders of America.

Brianna is dedicated to her school and exemplifies her school spirit to all that will listen. She is an amazing cheerleader and was voted Most Valuable Cheerleader during the 2006-2007 school year.

Brianna, being very involved within her community, often volunteers her time smiling and giving kind words to the elderly at local nursing homes, throughout the year.

Brianna enjoys assisting others and aspires to continue to serve the sick and the elderly. Her future career goal is to become a Pharmacist.

Jasmine Sawyer

Jasmine Sawyer, age 16, is daughter to Linda Parker and Donald Sawyer of Stone Mountain, Georgia. She attends DeKalb School of the Arts in Atlanta, Georgia, where she is a senior honor student.

Jasmine is a stellar student. She is a member of the National Honor Society and in 2006 received the Presidents Award for outstanding achievement in the area of physical science. Her academic achievement, outstanding character and leadership skills have served her well as a member of the Beta Club since 7th grade.

A gifted songstress, Jasmine, participates in HIGHLEIT, a touring show group of young performers, that visits and entertains schools in DeKalb county. Her talents are not limited to singing; she is also a talented stepper and has been a member of the DeKalb School of the Arts Step Team for two years.

Jasmine is an active member of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church where she serves as a Youth Usher. She has also served in St. Peters True Holiness Church as a youth speaker. Her involvement in the church has allowed Jasmine to participate in several outreach projects, including a clothing drive for the victims of Hurricane Katrina and as a volunteer leader in vacation Bible school.

When she is not involved with school and church she enjoys singing, stepping, dancing, and reading. Jasmine plans to pursue a career as a psychologist and news reporter.

Dominique Taylor

Dominique is daughter to Conchita Plater and Michael Taylor of East Point, Georgia. She is also the older sister to her fraternal twin Gaby Taylor. Dominique attends Riverwood High School in Sandy Springs, Georgia.

She is an honor student and treasurer of the Japanese Club. She is also actively involved in the Students against Destructive Decisions Club (SADD) and the STARS Club.

A natural born leader, Dominique received the National Leadership Award and has repeatedly received Outstanding Student Awards as well as earned her place in the Beta Club.

Dominique understands that there is “no substitute for hard work.” She has worked as a junior achievement agent for the Atlanta Falcons and she currently works at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport as a seasonal agent for Air Tran Airways. When Dominique finds some free time she enjoys volunteering at Grady Memorial Hospital, playing tennis, reading, outdoor sports, and dancing.

Dominique’s career goal is to become a certified nurse midwife.

Gabriel "Gabby" Taylor

Gabriel Taylor, age 16, is the daughter of Conchita Plater and Michael Taylor of East Point, Georgia. She is an honor student at Riverwood High School in Sandy Springs, Georgia.

Showing her dedication to education she has never missed a day of school and received a perfect attendance award. She is the two year recipient for Academic Excellence in Algebra. Gabby is a talented musician and has received the 2005 Most Outstanding Band Student award. Gabby also serves as a Riverwood Senior Mentor, responsible for helping freshman transition into high school.

Gabby is a member of Future Business Leaders of America. Because of her interest in Japanese culture and language she is a member of the Riverwood High School Japanese Club.

She currently works at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport as a seasonal agent for Air Tran Airways. She has volunteered at local area homeless shelters and hospitals. In her free time she enjoys shopping, hanging with friends, parties, and having fun.

Her keen attention to detail and love of wedding inspires her to pursue a career as a wedding planner.

Terrinae Watson

Terrinae Watson, age 17, is the daughter of Justina Watson of Fairburn, Georgia. She attends Riverwood High School in Sandy Springs, Georgia and she is a senior honor student.

Terrinae is a serious student. She has received academic recognition as Riverwood VIP honor student. As well as been included on the Riverwood High School honor roll and deans list.

Terrinae participates in many academic clubs and organizations. She has been an active member of Students against Destructive Decisions (SADD) and Students Teaching Abstinence, Responsibilities, and Self Respect to Students (STARS). Terrinae has been a helpful member of Riverwood High School by mentoring freshmen with their transition into high school.

Terrinae has volunteered as a teacher’s aid for the past four years. When she is not serving within the school she enjoys dancing, art, poetry, and listening to international music.

Terrinae intends to pursue a career as an International Business Lawyer.

Wendell Whittaker

Wendell Whittaker, age 17, is the son of Pamela Burkes and Wendell Whittaker Sr. of Union City, Georgia. He is an honor student at Riverwood High school in Sandy Springs, Georgia.

Wendell’s interest in Japanese art, culture and language allow him to be a valuable member of the Japanese Club. An outstanding artist and athlete, Wendell is a member of the animation club and the martial arts club.

Understanding the importance of giving back to your community, Wendell has volunteered numerous hours. Some of his volunteer service includes organizing books, indexing, and filing at his local library. Wendell serves as a Riverwood High School Senior mentor where he tutors and helps freshman transition into high school.

When he is not serving within the school Wendell enjoys creating art, lifting weights, writing and reading.

Wendell’s anticipated career is to become a video game developer and concept artist

Shatira Wilson

Shatira Wilson, age 17, is the daughter of Effie and Reynaldo Wilson of Conley, Georgia. She is an honor student at Forest Park High School in Forest Park Georgia.

Shatira is a talented dancer and is a member of the Forest Park dance team. Shatira has obtained her Certified Nurses Aid certificate and is a member of Health Occupation Students of America. With her certification she volunteers at a local area nursing home.

Shatira is a member of the Crystal Williams Foundation, where she works with local youth to keep them from violence and drugs. She is also a member of Fellowship in the Communities which promotes unity in the community.

Balance is important to Shatira. When she is not volunteering her time in the community she likes to dance and spend time with her family.

Her anticipated career goal is to become a cosmetic dentist.