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Five freshmen earn Rosa Parks scholarship

June 16, 2015

Five freshmen from the Irvin D. Reid Honors College’s class of 2019 were recognized in the Detroit News on June 9 as Rosa Park Scholars. They were selected based on their academic skills, community involvement, economic need and their belief in the ideals of the Detroit civil rights icon Rosa Parks.

Three recipients will be Honors College students, while two will be members of the college’s Community of Scholars.

The award winners are:

Amera Ahmed

Honors College

High School: Detroit International Academy for Young Women

Career Plans: Accounting

Achievements: Salutatorian; scholar; Irvin D. Reid Honors College of Wayne State University; Detroit Urban Scholars scholarship.

Akasha Bethel

Community of Scholars

High School: Mount Clemens High School

Career Plans: Journalism, film, photography, and painting

Achievements: MAB Awards 2014, 2nd place, digital media experience; Orchard Lake Student Film Festival 2013, 2nd place, news, 3rd place, short film; vice president, National Honors Society; president, Key Club; Youth Appreciation Award 2014, Detroit Optimist Club; Youth Appreciation Award 2014, Clinton Township Optimist Club

Yessica Gonzalez

Honors College

High School: Cass Technical High School

Career Plans: Certified Public Accountant

Achievements: National Honors Society; Principal’s Award; Award of Achievement, Detroit Public Schools

Aleanna Siacon

Honors College

High School: International Academy of Macomb

Career Plans: Journalist

Achievements: International Baccalaureate diploma candidate; co-president, student council; editor-in-chief, yearbook; National Art Honor Society, student leader, buildOn

Jordan Works

Community of Scholars

High School: Edsel Ford High School

Career Plans: Press secretary

Achievements: National Honor Society; Link Crew; captain field hockey and track team

Additionally, two students were named Detroit News Scholars. They are:

Kayla Cockrel

Honors College

High School: Cass Technical High School

Career Plans: Communications

Achievements: Journalistic Achievement Award, Michigan Interscholastic Press Association; Detroit Free Press/Ford Fund Scholar; Debutante, 2014-15; Cotillion Society of Detroit Education Foundation

Marisa Miller

Community of Scholars

High School: Northwest High School

Career Plans: Magazine editor/musician

Achievements: National Honor Society; news editor, The moxie Mountie (school newspaper), Quill and Scroll Society; all-state honors, choir, honorable mention, MIPA front page design