• The Best And Brightest Black Students Of 2011

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    Congratulations to the best and brightest Black students of 2011!

    NewsOne would like to highlight the achievements of ten outstanding graduates from some of the nation’s leading historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs).

    These young men and women went above and beyond what was required of them, and we wish them the best of luck in the future.

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    Jordan Webber

    Spelman College Class Of 2011

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    An inductee of the Phi Beta Kappa and Pi Sigma Alpha National Honor Society, Webber was one of just 16 students in the country to be named a Goldman Sachs Global Leader in 2009, and was selected to join the Public Policy and Leadership Conference Program at Harvard University.

    Webber hopes to be a third-generation attorney in her family, specializing in public interest law.

    Jeffrey Marcus Eugene

    Hampton University Class of 2011

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    A molecular and cellular biology major, Eugene graduated at the top of his class. He plans to pursue his doctorate at the Morehouse School of Medicine.

    Camron Yarber

    Morehouse College Class Of 2011

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    Yarber was a member of the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity. Majoring in business administration, the California native graduated Morehouse at the top of his class.

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    Vaughan Dilworth

    Claflin University Class Of 2011

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    A business management major, Dilworth graduated with a transcript that never had a grade lower than an A. In the next few years, he plans to pursue a Masters Degree in Business Administration.

    Robert S. King

    Clark Atlanta University Class Of 2011

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    The Georgia native and proud valedictorian was awarded a merit scholarship from the Wesley Theological Seminary. King graduated from Clark Atlanta University with an impressive 3.92 GPA.

    Jasmi Sky Brown

    Dillard University Class Of 2011

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    Brown graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in accounting. Her family’s first college graduate, she has received honors as a Presidential Scholar, an African-American Leadership Forum Scholar, and a Goldman Sachs Business Leadership Scholar — just to name a few.

    Dale Ellis Smith

    Grambling University Class Of 2011

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    The highest ranking graduate in his class, Smith named his mother as his biggest motivation. She survived being shot six times by her ex-husband, and spent months in the hospital with her mouth wired shut.

    “If that doesn’t show my mother’s strength, I don’t know what does,” Smith told the graduating class during his commencement speech.

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    Deborah Rashada

    Paine College Class Of 2011

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    Graduated with a grade point average of 3.96, higher than any other student in her class. After graduating high school in 1978, Rashada skipped college and married at 18, raising nine children. She was almost 50-years-old when she chose to further her education, leaving Paine College with a bachelor’s degree in education.

    Yalanda Robinson

    Voorhees College Class Of 2011

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    Robinson, a social work major, plans to enroll at Winthrop University in the fall to pursue her master’s degree. She holds the title of first academic honor for the Class of 2011.

    (From left to right: Kaodi Umerah, Briana Murrell, Amber Gray, Shenika Hinton)

    Fayetteville State University Class of 2011

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    With too many bright minds for one valedictorian, Fayetteville State had four at this year’s graduation! These gifted young women have all graduated with a 4.0 grade point average.

    Did we leave your school out? Let us know through the comments.

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