Meet A Few 2014 Graduates

FEngFeng Li has always dreamed about attending a major school like Stanford University, and for him, that dream will come true. Originally from Dothan, Ala., Li received the Questbridge Scholarship from Stanford and plans to study biomedical engineering and visual art. Li was also named a Gates Millennium Scholarship Finalist. “Stanford has always been my dream school because of the opportunity for interdisciplinary studies and its beautiful weather,” Li says. “I am very grateful for the preparation that ASMS has given me.”

AdetoyosiAdetoyosi Obikoya, who is from Mobile, Ala., received Tuskegee University’s Distinguished Presidential Scholarship and plans on studying psychology there next year. “I am thankful for the scholarship because Tuskegee is one of the more expensive historically Black colleges, and had I not received the scholarship, I would not be able to go,” Obikoya says. Obikoya is thankful for her experiences at ASMS and credits the school for all her success. “I am positive that I would not have received the same education at my last high school that I have here,” Obikoya says. “ASMS has taught me how to live independently at an earlier age than most students. I’ve learned how to ask for help as I need it and, most importantly, how to interact with students who come from different backgrounds than me.”

PaulPaul Lauridsen plans to pursue a career in scientific research at the University of Southern California. He serves as a study lab proctor, plays the euphonium in the ASMS Band, competed in Science Olympiad, and served as an Ambassador. “ASMS has given me the drive to pursue my dreams, and the exposure to the different subjects has helped me learn what my dreams are.”

EricMobile, Ala., native Eric Wu hopes to become a chemical engineer. Wu says he feels that he has “built a strong foundation in math and science at ASMS that will positively impact my future.” He serves as president of the Math Team, vice president of Science Olympiad, secretary for the SGA, and proctors for the math lab. Additionally, Eric is a 5-time All-State alto saxophonist and plays in the ASMS concert band. He says his favorite experience at ASMS is being a part of Goofy Olympics, the school’s annual hall competition.

RogerRoger Cook has a passion for music that led him to found the  ASMS Joyful Noise gospel choir.  Hailing from Coaling, Ala., he says he is grateful that ASMS has prepared him for college. He has been involved in Black Student Union, Key Club, and IGNITE. He’s also been a Student Judiciary Committee member, Web Team member, a peer mentor, an Einstein RLST, and an Ambassador. “I have enjoyed being a part of the ASMS Concert Choir, Lambda Singers, and the Alabama All-State High School SATB Choir.”

RebeccaRebecca Melkerson aspires to become an engineer, pharmacist, or research scientist. During her years at ASMS, Melkerson has had a tendency to choose classes that many other students have warned to be difficult. “I do that because I crave challenges and ASMS provides them.” Melkerson has served as an Ambassador, president of the National Honor Society and Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), and vice president of the senior class and Lab of Learning.

EmilyEmily Elia is from Daleville, Ala., and plans to study engineering at Auburn University. She was named a Gates Millennium Scholarship Finalist. Elia is heavily involved at ASMS: Key Club president, Future Engineers Club founder and president, Habitat for Humanity vice-president, SADD treasurer, and Robotics captain. A Red Ribbon Leadership Award winner, Elia is donating a model of the school to be displayed in the Ann Smith Bedsole Library.

JaquiseJaQuise Caldwell says ASMS impacted her in the simplest of ways: “It gave me chances.” She enjoys playing with her ASMS teammates on the volleyball court and serving on the RLST. She says that by coming to ASMS, she “was given the chance to grow not only as a student, but also as an individual.” During her years at ASMS, Caldwell has been a member of Women of the World, IGNITE, Beta Club, National Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society, and Black Student Union.

WillWill Blackwell truly made his experience at ASMS a memorable one by being involved in many activities, including SGA President. He plans to attend Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., and wants to major in engineering, business, political science, communications, or education. He is thankful for the “strong academic foundation and extracurricular challenges offered at ASMS.” Blackwell also served as lieutenant governor of the Alabama District of Key Club.

JimmyAuburn, Ala., native Jimmy Kim knows without a doubt that he wants to spend the next four years at Rice University in Houston, Texas. While not spending time in the school’s optics lab studying for his lasers & holography class, Kim has served as president of the ASMS Chapter of Beta Club and the Weightlifting Club, SGA representative, student proctor for the math lab, co-head student Ambassador and a RLST member.