31st Annual Excellence Awards Ceremony celebrates 273 seniors with GPAs of 3.5 or higher

DETROIT – Held annually to honor top-performing seniors with a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher, the Detroit Public Schools Office of Guidance and Counseling will host the 31st Annual Excellence Awards with individual ceremonies at participating DPS high schools. Themed the DPS Day of Excellence, multiple schools will host celebratory events on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 honoring 273 seniors who rank in the top three percent of the district’s graduating class.

The distinguished group of seniors includes seven Gates Millennium Scholars – two more than the previous year — who are among only 19 recipients in the state of Michigan and 1,000 recipients nationwide. The highly-regarded Gates Millennium Scholars Program selects 1,000 talented students each year to receive a full-ride scholarship covering all college expenses including tuition, housing, books and supplies through graduate school to use at any college or university. DPS recipients will attend top-ranked colleges and universities including Spelman College, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and Michigan State University.

The 2015 DPS Gates Millennium Scholars are Jocelyn D. Rice and Dajion N. Whitfield of Cass Technical High School; Fatema Akhtar and Sakilah Islam of Detroit International Academy for Young Women; Jon David Graves of Detroit School of Arts; Fred Wright-Jones of East English Village Preparatory Academy; and Paris Dimick of Martin Luther King, Jr. Senior High School.

MEDIA OP: EXCELLENCE AWARDS EVENT SCHEDULE FOR TUESDAY, MAY 12

Cass Technical High School
6 p.m., International Market Place, Greek Town, 400 Monroe

Detroit International Academy for Young Women
5:30 p.m., Detroit International Academy, 9026 Woodward Ave.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Senior High School
5:30 p.m., Martin Luther King, Jr. Senior High School, 3200 E. Lafayette St.

Renaissance High School
5:30 p.m., Renaissance High School, 6565 W. Outer Drive

Western International High School
5 p.m., Western International High School, 1500 Scotten St.

All Detroit Rising Self-Governing Schools will host one joint ceremony at 6 p.m. at Detroit School of Arts, 123 Selden St., including:

Cody Academy of Public Leadership
Cody Detroit Institute of Technology
Cody Medicine and Community Health Academy
Detroit Collegiate Preparatory High School at Northwestern
Detroit School of Arts
Osborn College Preparatory Academy
Osborn Collegiate Academy of Mathematics, Science and Technology
Osborn Evergreen Academy of Design and Alternative Energy

Other DPS high schools including Communication and Media Arts High School, Davis Aerospace Technical High School at Golightly, Frederick Douglass Academy for Young Men and East English Village Preparatory Academy (EEVPA) have selected an alternate date at the end of May to host the schools’ ceremonies.

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