When Fred Ede began at The Wilson Academy, we knew he was special. But there’s more to Fred than a 2011 Valedictorian, an ACT score in the top 10% in the nation, and a 2015 High Honors, Pre-Med graduate of St. John’s University. We asked Fred to share his thoughts on what he learned at college:
“One of the simplest, and most significant confirmations I had during my experience at St. John’s University is something my time at The Wilson Academy had actually already taught me: the importance of relationships. Of course it is widely known that professional relationships are important for one’s career and monetary gain; but I also confirmed the significance of emotional relationships, which are important for one’s happiness and serenity. The friends I made in college made the challenges easier. They granted me the ability to share a burden, a joy, or any of the other things we all encounter. Life is largely about connection, as we are already all connected in ways we cannot comprehend. My experience at St. John’s conveyed this to me in a way I can never forget” – Fred Ede, Valedictorian, Class of 2011
Kiara Battle, affectionately known to fellow Warriors as “Google” for her vast amount of random knowledge, earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theater on 5/9/15. During her time at Bennett, America’s first black, all-female college, Kiara starred in several theater productions, served on student government, and even was a member of the Bennett Belles Basketball Team her Freshman year! We asked Kiara how it felt to be a college grad:
“I graduated from The Wilson Academy four years ago unsure of so much, but so ready to leave what I knew. College was my incubator, and allowed me the chance to flourish and get to know me. I’m thankful for all the friends who turned to family at both The Wilson Academy and Bennett; and most of all, I’m thankful to have experienced two quality sources of education. I return to Atlanta no longer a scared little girl running from all she knew, but as a woman running to all that is available. Heart of a Warrior, mentality of a Belle.”
“Get out and see the world” – That’s common advice given to young people. But Warrior Grad Tiana Farmer takes it seriously! Since graduating from The Wilson Academy as Valedictorian in 2009, Tiana has visited eleven countries, including Germany, France, Kenya, and Uganda to name a few. In 2011, Tiana taught English, Math, Social Studies, and Science in Rwanda. Tiana graduated with honors from Georgia Gwinnett College in 2013 with a degree in International Relations. She is currently in Falalop (Island In Ulithi), Micronesia, where she teaches English and works on a secondary project. “Tiana is, hands down, the hardest working student I’ve had. Her focus is incredible.”, says Headmaster Wilson. Tiana will live in Asia for the next couple years, before going on to law school.
Class of 2009 graduate Adam Vann is ready to take on the world. Adam graduated Magna Cum Laude from Clark Atlanta University with a Mass Media Arts degree, with a concentration in Journalism. Adam has already produced news segments and documentary pieces, and looks forward to an exciting career. When asked what role The Wilson Academy played in his success, Adam answered, “The Wilson Academy teaches students how to be critical thinkers, and it gave me an upper hand to success far beyond school and graduation.” We look forward to seeing what great things Adam will accomplish!