Romelle is a 2009 graduate of the Maya Angelou High SchoolÃ¢â¬âEvans Campus, member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, New Futures Scholar, and a freelance make-up artist. She is currently enrolled at the University of the District of Columbia Community College in Paralegal Studies and works full time at Baker Hostetler LLP as a Trademark Formalities Specialist.
Although Romelle has accomplished a great deal, her life hasnÃ¢â¬â¢t been a proverbial crystal stair. In 2007, her mother passed away, changing RomelleÃ¢â¬â¢s life forever.
Romelle remembers, Ã¢â¬ÅI was thrust into independence. I was a high school student at Maya Angelou. Ironically, at the time of her death, most of my classes were teaching us about the importance of setting goals and holding ourselves accountable. I applied those lessons to almost every area of my life. I had to. I struggled to support myself financially, but I made it work. I would make plans, hold myself accountable, and see the plan through.Ã¢â¬Â
Now, Romelle plans to become an accredited patent attorney and she is well on her way. With her New Futures Scholarship of $6,400, Romelle hopes to obtain an Associate in Applied Science degree as a Legal Assistant in the next couple of years. From there, she plans to earn a BachelorÃ¢â¬â¢s Degree, graduate Law School, and take the Patent Bar Exam.
Romelle believes, “If I didnÃ¢â¬â¢t have it so hard, I wouldnÃ¢â¬â¢t be so great. I am motivated, determined, and focused. I am grateful to have the Office of Alumni Support in my corner and looking forward to expanding my support system.Ã¢â¬Â
We are so proud of RomelleÃ¢â¬â¢s spirit of industriousness, her grit, and her volition to persevere. Shout out to you, Romelle! Stay motivated, determined, and focused.The Maya Family is looking forward to having a barred patent attorney as part of the alumni family!