Saint Katharine Drexel Preparatory School held its 1st Baccalaureate Mass & Graduation Ceremony on May 16, 2014 in Xavier University’s Convocation Center. 60 students from the senior class received their graduation diplomas. Nearly 90% of the class earned academic scholarships and received college acceptance letters to attend local and national colleges and universities. The class garnered over $6 million in scholarship offers. Principal, Cheryllyn Branche and President, Joseph E. Peychaud, Jr., presented diplomas to the graduates. Father R. Tony Ricard presented the homily for the auspicious occasion. Father Ricard reminded the graduates to always remember “The Good Times” had at Drexel Prep.
The SKDP “Voices of Praise” rejoiced in the celebration as they offered songs of praise and thanksgiving. A very spiritual moment was experienced by all as the Class of 2014 performed together a beautiful rendition of “You Pulled Me Through,” a gospel song by Jennifer Hudson. Members of SKDP Board of Directors and graduates from the class of 1964 were in attendance to celebrate this historic occasion, the first graduation of St. Katharine Drexel Prep.
English M. Pratts, Director of Institutional Advancement & Development, presented the Xavier Prep class of 1964 with proclamations to commemorate their 50th reunion. The Honorable Judge Edwin Lombard, XUP ’64, addressed the graduating class, as well as parents, alumni, faculty, staff and his reunion class, thanking everyone for their belief in and support of St. Katharine Drexel Prep.
Unique Hayes, SKDP Class Speaker, presented the class message. Unique spoke with the eloquence, refinement and poise of a great orator. She provided the audience with a snapshot of the great times and experiences shared with fellow classmates at Drexel Prep. Unique affectionately reminded her classmates that they are a group who have persevered through every obstacle that has come their way and encouraged her classmates to continue striving for excellence. She concluded her speech by thanking the administration, faculty, and staff for their hard work and dedication.
Denicka Wilson was presented with an award for being chosen as a Gates Millennium Scholar. Out of 52,000 applications, Denicka was chosen to receive a full scholarship to any accredited college or university of her choosing, made possible by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. There were 10 Gates Millennium Scholars selected in Louisiana and Denicka is 1 of 3 selected from New Orleans.
Drexel Prep’s own “Mighty Mouse,” Shannon Ray signed a full track collegiate scholarship to the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss).
The valedictorian was Cha’Von Foxhall. She is the daughter of Theresa Jefferson and Robert Jefferson. Cha’Von is a member of the National Honor Society, and was selected as an “A+ Athlete” by WWL-TV. Cha’Von served over 100 hours of community service in the New Orleans community. She received numerous awards and honors for her outstanding academic achievements, among the awards presented were the President’s Education Award for Outstanding Academic Excellence, the National Honor Society Award, the Harts Scholar Achievement Award, St. Katharine Drexel Prep Accelerated Students Award, Advanced Placement Award, President’s Honor Roll, and the Congressional Award for character, leadership, loyalty and scholarship. Cha’Von earned the highest class average in English, Mathematics, Piano, and Social Studies. Cha’Von was enrolled in concurrent studies, where she earned college credits from Xavier University of Louisiana. She received scholarships from Belhaven University, Dillard University, Xavier University, and the Dad’s Club Scholarship and a Hart Scholars Scholarship. Cha’Von was selected by her class as “Most Intelligent” and “Most Likely to Succeed.”
The salutatorian was Imani Brisco. She is the daughter of Teshia Hardesty Brisco and David Anthony Brisco. Imani is a member of the National Honor Society and served over 100 hours of community service in the New Orleans community. She received numerous awards and honors for her outstanding academic achievements, among the awards presented were the President’s Education Award for Outstanding Academic Excellence, the National Honor Society Award, the Harts Scholar Achievement Award, Student Ambassadors Team Award, Advanced Placement Award, National Society of High School Scholars Award, and the Nellie Bowman Award for fine womanhood, courage, and determination. Imani earned the highest class average in Science. Imani was enrolled in concurrent studies, where she earned college credits from Xavier University of Louisiana. She received scholarships from Jackson State University, Springhill College, Tuskegee University, Xavier University, Xavier University Biomedical Honor Corps, and the Dad’s Club Scholarship and a Hart Scholars Scholarship.
Imani Ariyana Brisco, Ijerna Jonique Donaldson, Cha’Von Raynee’ Foxhall, Malani Ajhante’ Gibson, Javion Ann Gutter, Unique Takia Hayes, Kia Malika Jackson, Nakeisha Denise Joiner, Denicka Danay’ Wilson, D’Shon Denise Wright
All Other Graduates:
L’oreal Armstead, Brianne Ariel Badie, Christianne Michelle Baulden, Bria Jene’ Bradford, Dominique Chantell Caston, Kalin Marianne Chinn, Andia Michelle Christopher, Jada Marie-Claire Clark, Tyler Cymone Comeaux, Cierra Raechelle Cyres, Christian Xavier Divens, Destiny Maombi Dupard, Maya Giselle Evans, Robyn-Nicole Bajoie Faulcon, Quanica Shirdell Franklin, Talyah Alesia Gilbert, Gabriella Jene’ Gill, Kaitli Helana Graham, Aslynn Lavette Harrison, Kaitlynne Alisia Hedman, Kourtlynn Ann Hedman, Paris D’asia Hillard, Lenai’ Jardin Hubbard, Janae’ Dommonique Hurst, Kristen Imani Jackson, Kourtney Michelle Jenkins, Arielle Brooke Joseph, Briche’ Xi’iang Kirklin, Arielle Portia Laurent, Kayla Audrey Leonard, Ayana Dior Lindsey, Whitney Michelle Merritt, Olivia Lynette Mixon, Tiranee Marshae Moody, Chelsea Marie Nicholas, Sydney Tyra Pitts, Kimani Lashae Ramee, Shannon Shantrice Ray, Sydney Elizabeth Rhodes, Ky’Neisha Kachet Rivers, Briana Michelle Roberts, Antonetya Jonte’ Ross, Chantal Monique Smith, Rian Dione Victorian, Amber Neshelle Walker, LaNe’sha Danielle Marie Warren, Alexus Dominique Wells, Ky’lia Jeanpierre Williams, Tia Beatrice Young
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