Please join us in congratulating the Young Adult Learning CenterÃ¢â¬â¢s first 2014 GED graduate, Chanaya Wheeler!ÃÂ Ms. Wheeler came to the YALC in April of 2014 reporting that she had way too many credits to make up in her traditional high school and wanted to try the GED route instead.
The new GED is a very rigorous test with an emphasis on critical thinking, but Ms. Wheeler was able to gain the skills she needed to be successful and even helped tutor her classmates along the way. Ms. Wheeler started taking sections of the test early this fall after she turned 18. Last week, she passed the final section of the exam making her our very first graduate of the year.
She is enrolling at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) for an associateÃ¢â¬â¢s degree in business and technology and plans to go on to earn a bachelorÃ¢â¬â¢s degree in accounting.ÃÂ We know her journey will be filled with continued success.
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!