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White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities Announces 2017 HBCU All-Stars from North Carolina

September 23, 2017
Press Release
Seven Students from NC Named: Two Students from North Carolina A&T State Univsersity, One Student from Bennett College, WSSU, NCCU, Johnson C. Smith University, and Livingston College.

GREENSBORO, N.C. – U.S. Representative Mark Walker (R-N.C.) today released the following statement after seven students from North Carolina were named among 62 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) 2017 HBCU All-Stars by the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities:

"As an advocate for HBCUs and their students, and being married to an HBCU graduate who has found great success in her career in part because of her strong education, I want to congratulate each and every one of the 2017 HBCU All-Stars. The seven students from North Carolina – Tasja, William, Denzel, Brandon, Shani, Terrell, and Keonia – have excelled in the classroom and represented their schools, our community, our state, and our country with distinction. I wish them all the best as they continue their education."

According to the White House: "HBCU All-Stars are undergraduate, graduate, and professional students recognized for their outstanding accomplishments. The All-Stars are appointed for one year to serve as ambassadors of the White House Initiative on HBCUs. The All-Stars provide outreach opportunities and communications to their fellow students about the value of education and the Initiative as a networking resource. Selected from a wide-range of applicants, the All-Stars came highly recommended from HBCU administrators and proved impressive beyond their resumes, transcripts and thorough applications."

The students 2017 HBCU All-Stars from North Carolina schools are listed below:

Tasja Estiverne of Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina

William Gibson of Winston-Salem State University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Denzel Goodlin of North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina

Brandon Long of North Carolina A&T University in Greensboro, North Carolina

Shani McMichael of Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina

Terrell Richardson of Livingston College in Salisbury, North Carolina

Keonia Rodgers of North Carolina A&T University, Greensboro, North Carolina

In February, Walker joined U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-S.C.) in hosting an engaging and productive discussion with Presidents and Chancellors from 89 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in an event called the HBCU Fly-In. Walker also joined with fellow North Carolinian U.S. Representative Alma Adams (D-N.C.) in creating the first-ever paid internship program on Capitol Hill for HBCU students – the HBCU Bi-Partisan Congressional Internship Program.