Friends of Normandy Scholarship Recipients 2020

  • Friends of Normandy Scholarship Recipients 2020

    Taylor Allen

    During her high school career, Ms. Allen was on the honor roll and received the Drum Major Award Scholarship. Ms. Allen was the president of Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG), was on the soccer team, softball team, cheer team, Spectrum Alliance Club, Student Council, Boys and Girls Club, and Keystone Club. She also worked at the Saint Louis Zoo for three years. 

    Ms. Allen plans to attend college to major in pharmacy and minor in Spanish. She would also like to study abroad! Ms. Allen’s ultimate goal is to have a career that she not only enjoys doing but also a career that best fits her. 

     

    Stephanie Bates

    Ms. Bates played soccer her sophomore year of high school and has received many academic awards such as: attendance, improvement, and leadership. She was also part of Jobs for America’s Graduates and attended many leadership conferences. Ms. Bates also had the opportunity to meet the Governor of Missouri and his wife

    Ms. Bates plans to attend Jackson State University to earn a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She would later like to go on to receive a master’s degree then a doctorate. Her aspiration is to become a Licensed Clinical Child Psychologist. She also wants to start her own mentoring program and give to or invest in many adoption centers.  

     

    Takura Brown

    While in high school, Ms. Brown participated in band, flags, volleyball and soccer. Ms. Brown plans to attend college to become a neurosurgeon so she can help others and save lives!

     

    Lamarvin Darden

    While in high school, Mr. Darden was on the honor roll, received excellent attendance, and he was in the honor society. Mr. Darden played basketball his freshman year, was involved in the Operation Food Search, and Jobs for America's Graduates (JAG). 

    Mr. Darden plans to attend The University of Central Missouri this fall for business management. His career plan is to become an entrepreneur and own his own clothing brand/line. He will be combining his Friends of Normandy Scholarship and the money from the Viking Advantage Program with Beyond Housing to pay for his college tuition. Mr. Darden’s career aspirations is to open a business in St. Louis and then grow it nationally and globally.

     

    Miyaa Hill

    Ms. Hill will be attending Southeast Missouri State University to receive a master’s in nursing. She plans to become a nurse practitioner. Ms. Hill was in dual enrollment, Gateway to College, as well as many honors classes. 

     

    Rakaya Hilliard

    While in high school, Ms. Hilliard participated and received gold at the All-State MSHSAA Music Festival. She was also the last Normandy High School Band student who attended the All-State Music Festival. She also performed at All-District MSHSAA Music Festival all 4 years and received a 1 rating on her solo “Two Spanish Dances.” Ms. Hilliard also selected for the All Suburban Music Honors and participated in High School Band Day at Tennessee State University where she was offered a scholarship worth almost $50,000!

    During high school, Ms. Hilliard was part of the marching band, women's basketball team, softball team, and soccer team. She has been part of Normandy’s band program since 7th grade. Ms. Hilliard said, “The band is where I found my calling. Before actually attending high school as a jr. Viking, I participated with the high school to perform at the grand opening for the  National Blues Museum.”

    Ms. Hilliard is planning to attend North Carolina Central University to major in music industry concentration to eventually develop a business around music instruction. While she is preparing herself for entrepreneurship, she is also interested in receiving a Real Estate license. Once she completes her degree, she hopes to come back and join the Friends of Normandy School District Foundation to give back to other Normandy students.

    Ms. Hilliard aspires to build a non-profit organization to help consult music instruction for all band programs in the St.Louis metropolitan area. Students from every school district will learn music fundamentals, gain knowledge of musicianship, and have the ability to socialize with students all over St. Louis. Ms. Hilliard says she, “believes this idea would be a great asset to the St. Louis community as it provides the youth an opportunity to be invested in something that’ll grow with them.”

     

    Traniah Jones

    Ms. Jones , the senior class salutatorian, will be attending Webster University to major in business administration with a minor in accounting. During her high school career, Ms. Jones was on the honor roll and was part of the dual enrollment program with St. Louis Community College - Florissant Valley (STLCC-FV). Not only will she be graduating high school in May, she will also be graduating from STLCC-FV with an associate’s degree. Ms. Jones’s career aspiration is to establish her own accounting firm and to teach other aspiring business owners how to establish and manage their own businesses. 

     

    LaJaya Morgan

    While in high school, Ms. Morgan was on the Honor Roll and participated in Jobs for America’s Graduates, FOCUS St. Louis, Boy and Girls Club, track, and Child Development. Ms. Morgan plans to go to the University of Missouri - Columbia to receive a bachelor’s degree in science, then attend a veterinary school and receive a master’s degree. She plans to become a Veterinarian or Vet Assistant.

    Ms. Morgan’s career aspiration has always been to help people in need and to help those who can’t help themselves. Her love for animals and being around them has inspired her to go into the veterinary field.

     

    D’Naya Mosby

    Ms. Mosby will be attending Missouri University of Science and Technology to become a mechanical engineer. While in high school, Ms. Mosby participated in softball and track and received many honors and certificates. 

     

    Tommie Pollard

    The senior class valedictorian, Mr. Pollard has been on the honor roll throughout his whole high school career. Mr. Pollard was in the Writing Club, Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG), Focus STL, and Student Office. Mr. Pollard plans to attend the University of Central Missouri to receive a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Mr. Pollard said his mother inspired him to pursue the medical field. “I plan to someday be a traveling nurse. I’m going to save lives after my four years.”

     

    Tameya Pruitt

    Ms. Pruitt plans to attend the University of Central Missouri for fashion design to start her own clothing line. During high school, Ms. Pruitt was on honor roll and named top 10% in high school.

     

    Zya Webster

    During high school, Ms. Webster participated in cheerleading and the St. Louis Community College Orchestra. She received awards in cheerleading and orchestra and an honors award for being in the top 10 of her class. She was also part of the dual enrollment program with St. Louis Community College - Florissant Valley (STLCC-FV). Ms. Webster plans to attend college to become a medical examiner.

     

    Talijah Williams

    While in high school, Ms. Williams  participated in orchestra, student council, FCCLA (Family Career Community Leaders of America), Writing Club, keystone, track , cheerleading, cross country, and softball. She received gold at the FCCLA Star Event Regional and State competition her junior year and placed 1st at the Lindenwood University annual high school fashion show her senior year. 

    Ms. Williams plans to attend the University of Central Missouri to major in textile and clothing in business. Her future aspiration is to give back and be a mentor to younger students who are confused or are not on the right path to fulfill their own life dreams. She also just wants to do something that she loves that will make her financially stable to take care of her future family and loved ones. 

     

    Joshua Washington