He was also a participant in the 100 Black Men South Suburban Mentoring Program and the ACE Mentoring Program.  He also volunteered in the Breast Cancer Walk and at various food pantries while a mentee in the Common Ground Foundation.  Christopher is described as an intelligent, hard-working, mature young man with strong leadership skills.  He is very thoughtful and adds value to group discussions.  Christopher is highly motivated and desires to leave a positive impact on the world.  He plans to pursue a career in mechanical engineering and working toward the reduction of vehicle pollution to improve air quality for generations to come.  Christopher plans to enroll at North Carolina A&T State University this fall to pursue his mechanical engineering degree.   

CHRISTOPHER M. COLLINS

Christopher is a graduate of Homewood-Flossmoor High School, where he earned a 3.4 G.P.A. on a 4-point scale and a composite score of 26 on the ACT.  Christopher was a Board of Education Distinguished Scholar and was a member of the National Honor Society.  In addition to his merits in the classroom, Christopher was also a member of the H-F Band, the Boys Golf Team, and a student ambassador.  Christopher is also very active in his community participating in service projects as a member of Top Teens of America.

JALEN T. DUFFIN

Jalen is a graduate of Homewood-Flossmoor High School, earning a 3.37 G.P.A. on a 4-point scale and scored 1280 on the SAT.  Jalen is a member of the National Honors Society and received the Distinguished Scholar Award.  In addition to his academic achievements, Jalen was also a member of the H-F High School Marching, Concert, Jazz and Symphonic Bands and participated in the VICTORS male leadership program.  Jalen was section leader in the bands, which emphasized his character and leadership qualities.  Jalen is also very active in his church, Victory Apostolic, where he serves on the Media and Outreach Ministries.

  He has also volunteered at Ms. Sheila’s Home Day Care working with children on skills to help them become better students.  Jalen has been described as a great role model demonstrating initiative, clear communication, and a dedication to excellence.  He demonstrates a maturity and focus that is easily identified by those around him.  Jalen’s passion is playing the trumpet and aspires to play in the band in college at an HBCU.  This fall, Jalen will attend North Carolina A&T State University where he will study Mass Communications.


 
Korey is a graduate of Thornton-Fractional High School in Lansing, where he earned a 2.6 G.P.A. and a 990 on the SAT.  In addition to his academic studies, Korey was a 4-year member of the basketball team and was in the French Club in his last two years of high school.  Korey has been very active in his community participating in various charitable service programs through membership in Top Teens of America.  Korey was one of a few students chosen to participate in a series of public service announcements produced by the Lansing Police Department, aimed at educating young people on effective ways to interact with law enforcement.  As a student-athlete, Korey was also very active in his school community serving as a senior ambassador helping mentor underclassmen as they matriculate into high school.  He also assisted with T-F South’s Response To Intervention program to tutor and mentor freshman students.  Korey has been described by his teachers and coaches as a very caring and consistent young man, balancing the rigors of being a student-athlete, while maintaining his commitment to various activities within the school and his community.  He’s open to learning new things and has demonstrated the ability to help his fellow students and teammates through difficult situations.  He has strong leadership qualities along with a quiet confidence and respect for others to make a difference in the world around him.  This fall, Korey plans to attend Northern Illinois University studying mechanical engineering.   

KOREY T. HARRIS 

NEHEMIAH J. KEY

Nehemiah is a graduate of Homewood-Flossmoor High School, where he earned a 3.48 G.P.A. on a 4-point scale and a composite score of 24 on the ACT.  Nehemiah was a Board of Education Distinguished Scholar and was an Honor Roll student all 4 years while attending H-F High School.  While achieving in the classroom, Nehemiah was also a member of the Symphonic Band, Jazz Band and was a member of the Lacrosse team.  Demonstrating his commitment to the community, Nehemiah volunteers at the St. Clemons Food Pantry and the Cancer Support Center in Homewood.  Nehemiah is an active member in his church supporting the Thanksgiving and Christmas drives and volunteering with the Church’s back to school initiative, A Taste of Victory.  Nehemiah is described as an incredibly intelligent young man with a strong work ethic.  Although he can be soft-spoken at times and somewhat shy about his accomplishments, it does not distract from his ability to be a leader.  He is mature, confident and treats all he encounters with the utmost respect.  Nehemiah plans to make a difference in the world by reaching back and working with the children of our community.  This fall, Nehemiah will be attending The Ohio State University studying Aerospace Engineering, with an emphasis in space and upper atmosphere operations. 

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