Southwest’s TRIO graduates are “Upward Bound” for college

Congratulations to the Class of 2020 graduating high school seniors who participated in Southwest’s TRIO program through the U.S. Department of Education Upward Bound program. We salute your determination to stay the course and rise above your circumstances to complete your education and progress toward higher education. 

To the students who have excelled in their academic leadership to become a salutatorian or valedictorian of their respective schools, we applaud your accomplishment and recognize your distinction through a photographic honorable mention.  

“These young students, who are now first-generation college students, have set a new standard for their families to achieve what they once thought was unattainable – a college degree,” said Marie Thomas, officer supervisor. “We wish them continued success in every future endeavor!”

Southwest’s Upward Bound educational program provides disadvantaged students from five Memphis high schools with comprehensive educational services designed to enhance their learning, heighten their self-confidence and propel them to obtain a college degree. The Memphis area high schools are Douglass, Hamilton, Manassas, Melrose, Trezevant and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Preparatory Academy. 

--Upward Bound TRIO Staff

TRIO Upward Bound 2020 Graduating Seniors

Honorable Mentions


Angelique Hamilton, Trezevant High School
Le'Jerria Richardson-Rice, Manassas High School


Kayla Hawkins, Manassas High School
Amber Smith, Trezevant High School
Whitney Yacob, Douglass High School

Graduating Seniors

Douglass High School

Tyranesia Gillum
Angelus Moton
Amya Rooks

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Preparatory Academy

Carterrio Cobb
DaShun Cole,
Treory Hicks
Sebresia Johnson
Bradarius Knapp
Alante' Kyles,
Kaitlyn Sykes
Quintez Taylor,
Nakiya Tuggle,
Keriyuna Wilkins-

Hamilton High School

Carlisha London

Manassas High School

Kerica Flake
D'Airra Gibbs
Charniqua Jackson
Britney Jones
Kayla Matthews
Marie Thompson
Devin Washington

Melrose High School

(Transfer from Manassas High School)
Chasity Partee

Trezevant High School

Erissa Bland
Jerrionna Davidson
Toshyana Davis
Angelique Hamilton
Amber Smith
Jamaiya Taylor
Keturah Thompson
Jessieonna Wilkins


Scoop - May/June 2020