Four students attending the University of North Carolina’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities were among 73 students recognized by the White House in its third class of HBCU All-Stars.

Members of the class are:

  • Temilade Aladeniyi, North Carolina Central University, native of Lagos, Nigeria, lives in Charlotte, NC
  • Paul McGee, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, Concord, NC
  • Niya Brooks, North Carolina A&T, Henderson, NC
  • Deia Young, North Carolina Central, Lexington, NC

“I’m excited to be an HBCU All-Star, to be able to represent NCCU in D.C. with so many other brilliant-minded students from HBCUs all over the country,” Aladeniyi said. “It makes me speechless.” Watch video.

Added Young: “I’m a little shocked. I can’t believe I got it!” Watch video.

The All-Stars are comprised of undergraduate, graduate and professional students and are selected based on their accomplishments in academics, leadership and civic engagement.

"During the course of one academic school year, the 73 All-Stars will distinguish themselves as exemplars of the talent that HBCUs cultivate and as noble ambassadors of their respective institutions," said U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. "The Initiative is looking forward to working with this third class of All-Stars and is confident this opportunity will allow the Initiative to meaningfully connect with HBCU students and advance academic excellence at their schools."

Over the next year, the students will serve as ambassadors by providing outreach opportunities and communicating with other students about the value of both education and the Initiative as a networking source. Using social media, relationships with community-based organizations, and sessions with industry professionals, the students will share proven practices that support opportunities for all young people to achieve their educational and career potential. They will also participate in the White House HBCU Week Conference, national and regional events, and webinars with Initiative staff and other professionals on a range of disciplines that support a spirit of engagement and personal and professional development.

The All-Stars were selected from over 300 students from 24 states, the District of Columbia, Ghana, Nigeria, and the Virgin Islands. They will work together and as a group and network with one another to achieve their goals.

Written by Phillip Ramati



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