Kenwood students excelling

Staff Writer

Graduates of Kenwood Academy High School obtained $13 million in scholarships making it the second most successful high school in the city in gaining scholarships.

With the assistance of Post Secondary Coach Lindsay Hunter, 46 percent of the students that graduated this year from Kenwood, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., received scholarships.

For the past several years Kenwood has had great success in helping its students afford college.

In 2009, Derrius L. Quarles, Kenwood alumnus and CEO and Founder of the Million Dollar Scholar Foundation, received national recognition for graduating with more than $1.1 million in scholarships and financial aid.

In 2011, Kenwood alumni Jenelli Barrow, Genesis Davis, Anthony Johnson, Akiba Lott and Destinee Hakmanpour were awarded the Gates Millennium Scholarship, which covers all college expenses up to a doctorate degree, making Kenwood the school with the highest number of Gates Millennium Scholarship winners in the history of Chicago Public Schools and the second highest number of recipients in the nation. This year, Kenwood graduates Ashley Posey, Jermecia Trenell and Tierra Tucker were awarded the scholarship.