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Trojan Selected to be a White House HBCU All-Star

Published date: August 22, 2016

Kennedy JamesKennedy James, a sophomore from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., will represent Virginia State University as a 2016 White House Initiative HBCU All-Star. Kennedy, who is a computer engineering major, is one of 73 students named. The All-Stars, which is comprised of undergraduate, graduate and professional students, were recognized for 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.” 

How does Kennedy feel about being a HBCU All-Star? 

“I am so humble and thankful for this opportunity,” James said. “I am going to represent Virginia State University well.” 

For a year, Kennedy, along with the other 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, each student 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.

“We're looking forward to working with this new class of HBCU All Stars,” said Deputy Under Secretary of Education and Acting Executive Director White House Initiative on HBCUs Kim Hunter Reed. “Our goal is to provide a unique opportunity for these talented students that exposes them to critical national conversations and thought leaders. No doubt they will make their mark and represent their campuses well.”

The All-Stars were selected from more than 300 students from 24 states, the District of Columbia, Ghana, Nigeria and the Virgin Islands.

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