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Posted at 5:30 PM ET, 02/15/2011

Five Friendship seniors win prestigious 'Posse' scholarships

By Bill Turque

As Mayor Vincent C. Gray welcomed Friendship Collegiate Academy senior Kiana Murphy to his press conference Tuesday morning, he observed that there must be a B+ lurking somewhere within her 3.96 GPA. Murphy's four classmates, who joined her in meeting the mayor, have similarly stellar records that helped them win prestigious four-year Posse Scholarships to college this fall.

The Posse Foundation selects public high school students for their academic commitment and leadership abilities and places them through a rigorous eight-month pre-collegiate training program. Students attend colleges and universities in multicultural cohorts of 10 or more to provide mutual support in what is often a daunting new environment. Friendship students won five of the 62 Posse scholarships--worth up to $140,000-- awarded in the Washington region this year.

Murphy, a Ward 8 resident who is a writer-in-residence at the D.C. Creative Writing Workshop, will attend the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She plans to major in English and psychology. The other Friendship winners are:

Rashad Price (Ward 7), who will join Murphy at Wisconsin. He has a 3.98 GPA and plans to major in kinesiology and biology. He's a member of Friendship's debate team.

Lisa Hubbard (Ward 7), will attend Bucknell University to study neuroscience and psychology. She has a 3.98 GPA and is a member of both student government and the school's dance ensemble.

Kiyah Holloman (Ward 5), will enter Lafayette College to study business and finance. She has a 3.71 GPA and is a member of the Mayor's Youth Leadership Institute. She also plays varsity basketball.

DeAnJilo Platt-Friday (Ward 7) will attend Pepperdine University to major in emerging media and journalism. He is a student government vice president and a member of the debate team with a 3.1 GPA.

Gray noted that four of the five live east of the Anacostia River, where encouraging news often is overlooked.

"When we talk about east of the river we talk about all the problems east of the river," Gray said. "Let's make sure we lift up the good things going on there."

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By Bill Turque  | February 15, 2011; 5:30 PM ET
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Congratulations to these young men and women. A Ward 7 resident, I am filled with pride!

Posted by: vscribe | February 15, 2011 6:00 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: 1citizen | February 15, 2011 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Bill Turque- I'm proud of you!! Finally, you reported something positive...there are many great things happening in our schools!! DC Insider can and should include that too!!

Thanks for posting!

Posted by: teacher6402 | February 15, 2011 9:18 PM | Report abuse

I echo the praise for some positive reporting!

Posted by: staticvars | February 16, 2011 12:05 AM | Report abuse

Good reporting Bill (with uderlying skepticism),

You know by reporting the GPA's of the students...that those west of the park are spitting out their starbuck's coffee!!!

Is this a "take-that" DCPS as it will show how charter-schools are out-shining our mere counter-parts. Cleaverly, we are showing what ward each student resides from as to say that the current DCPS high-school components e.g. Woodson and Dunbar are not worthy of such accolade.

But with all of my skepticism aside Congratulations students!!!!

Posted by: PowerandPride | February 16, 2011 9:15 AM | Report abuse

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