Saluting the Class of 2014 Valedictorians

Jo-Carolyn Goode | 5/27/2014, 10:39 p.m. | Updated on 5/27/2014, 10:39 p.m.
Their very first lessons were filled with ABCs and 123s. Gradually their knowledge based increase to the three r’s of ...

Their very first lessons were filled with ABCs and 123s. Gradually their knowledge based increase to the three r’s of reading, writing and arithmetic. Twelve years of expanding their mind has led to the culmination when they can proudly proclaim, “I am a high school graduate!” While we celebrate all the members of the class of 2014 for their educational thirst to succeed, we pay homage to a select few who rose about the class to be named valedictorian. Houston Style Magazine salutes HoustonISD’s 2014 African American high school valedictorians. For more information, visit www.houstonisd.org.

*Taylor Berry also contributed to this story.

13 African American Valedictorians

Fredreanna Louisville—Davis High School

Fredreanna Louisville, who plans to major in biochemistry at Texas A&M University, attended elementary school in Aldine ISD and Marshall Middle School before coming to Davis. She is a member of her school’s National Honor Society and Debate Team. She is also active in University Interscholastic League competitions. Louisville lists her favorite subject as science, and she has received scholarship offers from Texas A&M University and Project GRAD Houston. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, making videos, and listening to music.

Zachery King—Energized for STEM (Central)

Zachery King, who enjoys listening to music, playing basketball, and gaming, attended R. P. Harris Elementary and Clifton Middle schools before graduating from E-STEM. He plans to pursue a degree in psychology at Fisk University, from which he has already received Presidential and Merit scholarships. King lists his favorite subject as mathematics. He is a member of the Science, Robotics, Mathematics, and Drama Clubs. He is also active on the soccer, basketball, flag football, and chess teams, as well as the National Honor Society and the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps. King has been named Most Improved Soccer Player and Best Physics Student.

Jared Slater—Energized for STEM West

Jared Slater will be attending the University of Southern California this fall to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering. He attended a private elementary school and a middle school in Lawndale ESD before graduating from E-STEM. In his spare time, he enjoys skateboarding, taking road trips, and listening to music. Slater is a member of his school’s Student Council, Math Club, Theatre Club, and Chess Club. He has also been active on the basketball and football teams. Slater lists his favorite subject as physics. He has been recognized for his performance in both academic and athletic activities, and he earned commended performance on the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills.

Andrea Knowles—Hope Academy

Andrea Knowles plans to attend Texas Southern University and pursue a degree in business. She attended Rodriguez Elementary and Johnston Middle schools before graduating from the Hope Academy. Knowles has been active on her school’s dance team, Italian Club, and Girl Scouts of America. She lists her favorite subject as history, and in her spare time, she enjoys dancing and creative writing.

Patyana Wilson—Jones High School

Patyana Wilson attended Foster and Blackshear Elementary and Attucks Middle schools before graduating from Jones. She is a member of the National Honor Society and the Mighty Falcons Marching Band. Wilson, who lists her favorite subject as mathematics, enjoys singing, reading, and watching movies. She plans to attend Sam Houston State University to pursue a degree in psychology.