HASS Graduates

HASS Graduates 2017

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Jaquira Edwards is a senior at Hale County High School. This is her third year attending HASS. Over the past two years participating in Mock Trials have become one of her favorite parts of HASS, also she is excited to meet the new staff. Her favorite part of HASS is socializing and having fun with the HASS family. She plans to attend Louisiana State, Baylor or Berea University after high school. She wants to major in Business Administration and minor in Entrepreneurship. Jaquira’s main goal is to start her own business.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Xavier Turner is a native of Sumter County, Alabama. After graduating from Sumter Central High School in May 2018, he started his undergraduate career at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), where is currently a freshman majoring in political science. Since being at UAB, he has gotten involved in numerous organizations including Freshman Forum, TRIO, Blazer Male Excellence Network, and Honors Program. He served as a campaign intern for Governor Kay Ivey from August to November of 2018. In this capacity, he had to make 500 calls a week on her behalf. He is a Professional Student Ambassador for UAB. In the future, he will serve as an Orientation Leader and a Resident Assistant for the university as well. Through his hard work during the fall semester, he earned a prestigious spot on the Presidential Honors List.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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India Woodard is a rising senior at Demopolis High School. She is looking forward to learning new strategies for taking the ACT to help improve her ACT score. She plans on going to the Air Force Reserve, and attend Tuskegee University or the University of South Alabama she currently plays volleyball and will be enrolled in four AP classes during her senior year at Demopolis High School.

HASS Graduates 2016

DominiqueDominique Collins is a native of Sumter County, Alabama. After graduating from Sumter Central High School in May 2017, she started pursuing her undergraduate degree at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama. She is now a sophomore at the University of West Alabama in Livingston, Alabama majoring in elementary education. Along with her studies, she is a cashier at Sam’s Club in Meridian, Mississippi. She is also a member of Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society and Student Support Service. Dominique is planning to continue her schooling until she earns her doctorate degree and help make a difference in her community.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Dylan Hughes is a native of Tuscaloosa County, Alabama. After graduating from Paul W. Bryant High School in May 2017, he continued his education at Shelton State Community College in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. In the fall, he plans to transfer to Middle Tennessee State University majoring in media production with a concentration in screenwriting and media management. In addition to this, he is planning to publish his second poetry collection sometime in April 2019.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Leanza Priceis a rising senior at Sumter Central High School located in Sumter County,
Alabama. This is Leanza’s third summer with HASS and she is excited about befriending the new HASS scholars, and visiting more colleges and cultural exhibits. She believes HASS provides her with more experiences that prepare for her future aspirations. Her favorite part of HASS is interacting with the teachers and scholars inside and outside of class. She plans to attend a four-year university or the United States Air Force Academy, which will prepare her for a career as a Radiologist.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Jaleel Washington is a native of Sumter County, Alabama. After graduating from Sumter Central High School in May 2017, he started his undergraduate career at the University of Alabama, where he is currently a junior majoring in criminal justice with a minor in cyber criminology. His extracurricular activities include Treasurer of Future Black Law Students Association and a Jr. Editor for the Capstone Journal of Law and Public Policy. In addition to his studies, he works as an Agent with the Student Success Agency. In this capacity, he works with high school and first-year college students as they navigate through the next steps after high school. Following his graduation from undergrad, he plans on attending law school and become a prosecutor.

HASS Graduates 2015

IMG_7991Xavius Gowdy is a native of Sumter County, Alabama. Following his graduation from Sumter Central High School in May 2016, he enlisted in the United States Army. He is now a US Army Veteran after completing one deployment. He is currently attending Troy University majoring in education. In addition to this, he works as an Assistant Security Manager at St. Vincent Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama. He is planning to complete his undergraduate degree and become a teacher in the near future.
Darius “El Dario” Howard is a native of Tuscaloosa County, Alabama. After graduating from Northridge High School in May 2016, he started pursuing his undergraduate degree in computer science at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in Birmingham, Alabama, where he is currently a junior. In addition to his studies at UAB, he works for the UAB Computer Science (CS) Department as an IT Specialist. In this capacity, he maintains the labs used by the CS department and uses different operating systems to help resolve issues that are experienced by the servers, faculty, and staff. He is also working as an Intern at Bridgeworth, LLC in Birmingham. He is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) at UAB. Darius is planning to graduate in April 2020. After this, he plans on finding a job in his field while also making time to travel.
Jahina1Jahina Somograduated from Spain Park High School. Jahina loves track and dance and has won most all the HASS dance contests for the last four years. She is a freshman at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida. Jahina’s bright spirit and amazing dance moves will be missed at HASS but we have no doubt she will shine at Eckerd.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

2014 HASS Graduates

In the summer of 2014, the first ever graduating class of HASS was born. All three students are freshmen at The University of Alabama at Birmingham. Each of these outstanding students graduated from the top of their class and earned an ACT score that was one point above the national average, two points above the state average, and six points above the averages at their high schools.

Adrianna Jones is a native of Sumter County, Alabama. Following her graduation from Sumter Central High School in May 2015, she started her undergraduate career at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in Birmingham, Alabama. She is currently a senior at UAB majoring in kinesiology with a concentration in exercise science. She is a member of Phi Sigma Pi Honor’s Fraternity and Trio. In addition to her studies, she is a member of the United States Army Reserves as a Cadet/Platoon Leader in the 318th Chemical Company. Following her graduation, she plans to attend Alabama State University to earn a Master’s degree in Prosthetics and Orthotics. In addition to this, she will be commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Adrianna Thomas is a native of Sumter County, Alabama. After graduating from Sumter Central High School in May 2015, she furthered her education at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in Birmingham, Alabama, where she is a senior. In addition to her studies, she is a proud member of the United States Army Reserves, currently holding the rank of Sergeant. She also works at the Harris Early Learning Center in Birmingham where she works with children between the ages of two months and five years old. After completing her undergraduate degree, she plans on becoming a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army while also going back to school to earn her master’s degree in education.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Diamond Woodard is a native of Sumter County. After graduating from Demopolis High School in May 2015, she continued her education at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in Birmingham, Alabama. She is currently a senior at UAB majoring in political science with a double minor in criminal justice and African American studies. She is an active member of numerous organizations at UAB. Currently serving as the president of UAB NAACP, Secretary of UAB Political Science Club, and a member of the Sigma Alpha Lambda Honor Society.  In addition to this, she serves as a proud member of the United States Air Force Reserves. Diamond plans to graduate from UAB in December 2019. After this, she plans to start her training for the Air Force. Following her training, she plans to attend law school to become a Judge Advocate General (JAG) lawyer for the Air Force.