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Local High School Students Graduate from
Columbia University’s Double Discovery Center

From left, Flosha Tejada, Nnenna Nwogu and Shanice Smith.
From left, Flosha Tejada, Nnenna Nwogu and Shanice Smith.

Nearly 140 local high school students graduated Friday from Columbia University's Double Discovery Center. Ninety-five percent of the graduates have been accepted into college. Over the past five years, on average, 97 percent of Double Discovery Center high school students graduated and enrolled in college — statistics that are higher than both the city and national average.

Flosha Tejada, Nnenna Nwogu and Shanice Smith (at right) are among the 137 graduates of Columbia University’s Double Discovery Center 42nd Graduation.

Flosha, a native of the Dominican Republic, came to the United States six years ago and is now a Washington Heights resident graduating from the Manhattan Center for Science and Mathematics. She is the creator of the first literary magazine at her high school and will attend Dickinson College. Through Double Discovery she has been awarded a Posse Foundation Scholarship.

Robert Mendoza
Robert Mendoza

Nnenna, a first-generation, college-bound and first-generation American (her parents are immigrants from Nigeria) ranks sixth in her class of 319 at A.P. Philip Randolph. With the help of Double Discovery, this Bronx resident is among the 18 percent of applicants accepted to the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical education at the City University of New York.

Shanice, a Harlem resident, has also been awarded a Posse Foundation scholarship and will attend Trinity College majoring in educational studies.

Queens resident and graduate of Louis D. Brandeis, Robert Mendoza (at left) has been accepted into the highly competitive Macaulay Honors College at City College. A native of Ecuador, his family immigrated to the United States six years ago.

With the help of Columbia University’s Double Discovery Center, this model United Nations member will receive full tuition and grants in addition to a stipend for any academic enrichment program as he studies to become a doctor.

Maurice Coleman, Senior Vice President of Community Banking with Bank of America, delivered the graduation address.

Maurice Coleman, Senior Vice President, Community Banking, Bank of America (right) joins (from left to right):  Gerald Sherwin, Chair, Double Discovery Center Board of Friends, Olger C. Twyner, III, Executive Director of Columbia University Double Discovery Center and Roger LeHecaa founder of the Double Discovery Center at Columbia University’s at the Center’s 42nd Graduation.
Maurice Coleman, Senior Vice President, Community Banking, Bank of America (right) joins (from left to right): Gerald Sherwin, Chair, Double Discovery Center Board of Friends; Olger C. Twyner, III, Executive Director of Columbia University Double Discovery Center; and Roger LeHecaa founder of the Double Discovery Center at Columbia University at the Center’s 42nd Graduation.

Published: May 23, 2007
Last modified: May 24, 2007