MLK Seniors Receive Multiple College Acceptance Letters
As seniors prepare to finish up their last two months as MLK Dreamers, many are also deciding which college to attend after receiving multiple acceptance letters from schools across the country.
“It feels amazing,” senior, Zakiya Jett said. “Even though I won’t be going to any of them, the fact that I was accepted lets me know that my hard work here at KING has paid off.”
Jett has received more than five acceptance letters, including offers from West Virginia State University, Alabama State University, and Xavier University in New Orleans; but she is optimistically awaiting an acceptance letter from her first school of choice, Howard University.
Senior Hope McCullough recently applied to The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and is also awaiting a response. So far she has been accepted into Lane, Philander Smith, and Tougaloo College.
“The classes that I’ve taken at MLK have definitely prepared me,” McCullough said. “And the support from teachers and staff was helpful in keeping me on track.”
Senior Destiny Hampton has received letters from Lane College, Rust College, Lincoln College, and Philander Smith College. She says she plans to attend Southwest Tennessee Community College for two years, before transferring to a four-year institution.
“I feel good because I feel like I have somewhere I can go,” she said. “And someone actually accepting me means that I have the opportunity to start a new life in college.”
Senior Courntey Casterlow said it’s his experience at MLK College Prep that allowed him to make what he considers a ‘bold’ decision to join the army. Casterlow received acceptance letters from Rust College, the University of Memphis, Lane College, and Lemoyne-Owen College. He decided instead to enlist in the army, leaving shortly after graduation on June 6.
“MLK prepared me for college and life. My classes challenged me,” Casterlow said. “I was also an office assistant so I learned about responsibility and work ethic.”
So far hundreds of letters have been sent out to the graduating class of 2017, and more are coming in.