Several alumni have been recipients of George Washington University’s prestigious Trachtenberg scholarship. This is a full, four-year scholarship to The George Washington University, valued at $230,000.
Michaela Angela Davis has enjoyed great success as a writer, and served as the executive fashion and beauty editor for Essence magazine, the founding fashion director for Vibe magazine, and the last editor-in-chief of Honey, a magazine for 18-34 year old urban women. Davis has written for many projects such as Everything but the Burden: What White People Are Taking from Black Culture (Broadway Books, 2003) and Beloved Baby: A Baby’s Scrapbook and Journal (Pocket Books, 1995).
Kieron Irvine was a 2002 graduate of the Instrumental Music department and a Specialized Instruction student at Ellington for four years. Kieron went on to obtain his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from Howard University; teach at Fillmore Arts Center (where he first performed community service as a Teacher’s Assistant while in Ms. Winn-Ritzenberg’s class) and is now a proud and dedicated teacher in Ellington’s Instrumental Music department.
Students of Ellington invariably choose to continue their post-secondary education in their field of art, albeit with some exceptions and among these are two former students of French. They are: Jamila Lee, a dance student, who studies French at Temple University; and Ayanna Reed, a vocal music student, who went to George Mason University to study French. Last year, Jamila received a summer scholarship from Temple’s Foreign Languages department to study at the Sorbonne in Paris.
In addition, this year, on June 7, 2012, five Ellington seniors will take the Diplôme d’études en langue française (DELF) examination to assess their level of competency in the French language. They are the only seniors of DCPS high schools to participate in this pilot program to qualify for an official diploma from the French Ministry of Education. The DELF certifies French language competency of non-native speakers to levels that correspond to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for languages.