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Langston Hughes To Graduate 59 Students with Dual Degrees

Posted 5/20/2022

On May 22, Langston Hughes High School will graduate 59 students with dual degrees. In addition to their high school diplomas, students will graduate with associate degrees in subjects ranging from biology to communications. The students who are receiving associate degrees were enrolled in Georgia Military College (GMC) and Langston Hughes.

Aunye' Downs
"Miss Langston", Aunye' Downs, will receive a Pre-Nursing degree

Xavier Smith
Langston Hughes student Xavier Smith receives a Biology degree

"Seeing students get excited about taking rigorous courses on the college level is rewarding," said Head Counselor Hope Worrell. "I'm excited that they can take these credits to a four-year college and graduate early."

Xavier Smith, who will graduate from Langston with two associate degrees in biology and general studies, is grateful to have been part of the dual enrollment program.

"Honestly, I didn't know how much work it was," Smith said. "I'm proud of myself and the hard work I've put in. You have to put your head down and work and the results will show up later."

When a football injury sidelined Smith, a Langston quarterback, from participating in the state championship game, it did not keep him out of the classroom. "While at GMC I tried not to miss any classes," Smith said. "When my leg was injured in a game on Saturday, I still showed up for class on Monday. Setbacks will happen. It's how you address them that matters."

To date, Smith has received over $1.5 million in college scholarships, a testament to his resilience.

Aunye Downs, who also is Miss Langston Hughes and Senior Class President, is graduating with a diploma from Langston and an associate degree in pre-nursing. "I always wanted to be in the medical field," Downs said. "My sister had surgery and I saw how the nurses helped her. I knew then, that is what I want to do."

Downs has an all-expenses paid scholarship to Tennessee State University, where she will enroll in the fall to study nursing. "I'll be a freshman first semester," she said. "Because of my dual degree I'll be a sophomore second semester of my freshman year."

Langston College and Career Advisor Sandra Allen said: "Students do anything we ask. They have so much energy when we talk about college programs."

Langston Hughes Principal Octavious Harris agrees: "The students who have studied and received diplomas from GMC and Langston are to be commended. We are encouraged that they have had the opportunity to participate in the college experience while completing their high school requirements for graduation."


Langston Hughes High 2022 GMC Associate Degree Graduates


Aminata Balde - Biology and General Studies 

Jaiden Barber - Communications and General Studies 

Kacey Barksdale-Jones - Biology and General Studies 

Arianna Boswell - Pre-Nursing 

Taylor Brooks - Business Administration and Psychology 

Hailey Campbell - General Studies 

Valeria Cervantes - General Studies 

Christopher Chambers II - Pre-Nursing and General Studies 

Dalea Clealand - General Studies 

Aniya Conner - Business Administration 

Aunye’ Downs - Pre-Nursing 

Gabriella Esquivel - General Studies 

Cassidy Fite - General Studies 

Chappelle Foster - General Studies 

India Frazier - Psychology and General Studies 

Shamaria Fulgham - Business Administration and Psychology 

Napiera Goodwin - Criminal Justice and General Studies 

Oscar Guerrero - General Studies 

Ashlyn Hall - Computer Science and General Studies 

Kristiana Harvey - Criminal Justice 

Re’Yana Henry - Biology and General Studies 

MaKayla Hester - Pre-Nursing and General Studies 

Deshawn Hill II - General Studies 

Saaid Holness - Biology and General Studies 

Lebran James - Computer Science and General Studies 

Dimeitri Johnson - Computer Science and General Studies 

Keyaj’rah Lovelady - General Studies 

Fatoumata Makalou - Pre-Nursing and General Studies 

Brianna Marshall - General Studies 

Sabrina Maurice - General Studies 

Zariya Moore - Pre-Nursing and General Studies 

Thalia Ortiz Martinez - Business Admin. and General Studies 

Dominique Owens - General Studies 

Nicholas Pratt - General Studies 

Candy Rodriguez - General Studies 

Aniya Rolle - General Studies 

Carola Romo Garcia - General Studies 

Alondro Santoyo - General Studies 

Babacar Sarr - Business Administration 

Lorena Segura - General Studies 

Christopher Sinclair, Jr. - Business Admin. and General Studies 

Joy Sloan - Criminal Justice and General Studies 

Xavier Smith - Biology and General Studies 

Tatianna St. Louis - General Studies 

Nyasia Starks - Pre-Nursing 

Raven Thompson - General Studies 

Demya Thompson-Wilder - General Studies 

M’Balou Tounkara - Business Admin. and General Studies 

Cavaun Vasconcellos - Computer Science and General Studies 

Jamiya Wells - General Studies 

Sheldon West - General Studies 

Armarria Williams - Pre-Nursing and Business Admin. 

Janiyah Williams - Biology and General Studies 

Jashiya Williams - Business Admin. and General Studies 

Jasmine Woodard - General Studies 

Tahara Woodberry-Grimes - Business Admin. and General Studies 

Ashalah Wright - Business Administration 

Aniyah Young - General Studies 

Fred Zimmerman, Jr. - Communications