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Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

The White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities’ 2017 HBCU All-Stars

The White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) announced its 2017 HBCU All-Stars at the Annual Summit hosted at the White House on Monday, September 18, 2017. The 62 All-Stars are undergraduate, graduate, and professional students recognized for their outstanding accomplishments.

The All-Stars are appointed for one year to serve as ambassadors of the White House Initiative on HBCUs. The All-Stars provide outreach opportunities and communications to their fellow students about the value of education and the Initiative as a networking resource. Selected from a wide-range of applicants, the All-Stars came highly recommended from HBCU administrators and proved impressive beyond their resumes, transcripts and thorough applications.

“As a proud HBCU graduate, I am personally thrilled to congratulate this year’s impressive class of HBCU All-Stars,” said Omarosa Manigault, Assistant to the President and Director of Communications for the Office of Public Liaison.

The 2017 All-Stars and HBCUs are listed below.

Adams, Briona: Lincoln University of Missouri, Jefferson City, Missouri

Alexander, Nicholas: Meharry Medical College, Nashville, Tennessee

Anderson, Tiaara: Philander Smith College, Little Rock, Arkansas

Banks, Rogi: Howard University, Washington, D.C.

Barnes, Randall: Fort Valley State University, Fort Valley, Georgia

Batiste, Aaron: Harris-Stowe State University, St. Louis, Missouri

Baugh, Erin: Albany State University, Albany, Georgia

Baynard, LeShawn: Savannah State University, Savannah, Georgia

Bazemore, Fransheria: Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, Georgia

Bell, Dontae: Howard University, Washington, D.C.

Bryant, Ervin: Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, Texas

Butts, Alton: Morris College, Sumter, South Carolina

Cooper, Imani: Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, Tallahassee, Florida

Dorsey, Monica: Texas College, Tyler, Texas

Downs, Charlein: Delaware State University, Dover, Delaware

Dudley, Coleton: Langston College, Langston, Oklahoma

Eliis, Ekaya: Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, Tallahassee, Florida

Estiverne, Tasja: Johnson C. Smith University, Charlotte, North Carolina

Evans, Kaliah: Lincoln University of Pennsylvania, Lincoln University, Pennsylvania

Fairley, Jeffery: Hinds Community College, Utica Campus, Utica, Mississippi

Gibson, William: Winston-Salem State University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Goodlin, Denzel: North Carolina Central University, Durham, North Carolina

Hall-Debnam, Taylor: Spelman College, Atlanta, Georgia

Hemphill, Lea: Southern University Agricultural & Mechanical College, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Hill, Ta'Mara: Wiley College, Marshall, Texas

Jackson, Adriiana: Dillard University, New Orleans, Louisiana

Johnson, Zoe: University of Maryland--Eastern Shore, Princess Anne, Maryland

Kanu, Samuel: Texas Southern University, Houston, Texas

King Jr., David: Alabama State University, Montgomery, Alabama

Knight, Nikolai: University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Pine Bluff, Arkansas

Lain, Yo'Sha: Southern University Agricultural & Mechanical College, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Lofton, Geremiah: Huston-Tillotson University, Austin, Texas

Long, Brandon: North Carolina A&T University, Greensboro, North Carolina

Mackell, Aaron: Hampton University, Hampton, Virginia

McCullough, Terrianna: Voorhees College, Denmark, South Carolina

McMichael, Shani: Bennett College, Greensboro, North Carolina

Mixon, Lakeisha: Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland

Mokaya, Hillary: Claflin University, Orangeburg, South Carolina

Ntiwunka-Ifeanyi, Chidera: Virginia State University, Petersburg, Virginia

Parker, Derrick: Morehouse College, Atlanta, Georgia

Powell, Shanell: Bowie State University, Bowie, Maryland

Powell-Childress, Karmeen: Jackson State University, Jackson, Mississippi

Price, Arianne: Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, Alabama

Redmond, Bryan: Xavier University of Louisiana, New Orleans, Louisiana

Relf, Jacarri: Lane College, Jackson, Tennessee

Richards, Omari: South Carolina State University, Orangeburg, South Carolina

Richardson, Terrell: Livingston College, Salisbury, North Carolina

Rodgers, Keonia: North Carolina A&T University, Greensboro, North Carolina

Rolax, Ryan: Miles College, Fairfield, Alabama

Rosario, Rachel: Meharry Medical College, Nashville, Tennessee

Sanders, Jajuan: Oakwood University, Huntsville, Alabama

Stevens, Elijah: Bethune-Cookman University, Daytona Beach, Florida

Tyson, Khiala: Tennessee State University, Nashville, Tennessee

Vineyard, Brianna: Bluefield State College, Bluefield, West Virginia

Washington, Alexandria: Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, Tallahassee, Florida

Watson, Ato: Florida Memorial University, Miami, Florida

White, Dajanay: Edward Waters College, Jacksonville, Florida

Williams, Ba'Sheerah: Rust College, Hollysprings, Mississippi

Williams, Deonna: Norfolk State University, Norfolk, Virginia

Williams, Jaime: Grambling State University, Grambling, Louisiana

Williams-Toomer, Passion: St. Phillip's College, San Antonio, Texas

Willie-Bonglo, Mamei: University of the District of Columbia, Washington, D.C.

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