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Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Five Black Students, Ages 14-16, Just Earned Their First College Degree

Former Black students of Icon Prepatory School

Nationwide — Five young African American students who formerly attended Icon Preparatory School in Tampa, Florida are now college graduates as well. All five of them — 14-year-old Keniah Washington, 15-year-old Keyanna Grant, 16-year-old Miracle Butler, 16-year-old Tyreek Nash, and 16-year-old Kaitlyn Archie-McDonald — have earned an Associate Degree in Liberal Arts at Saint Leo University located in St Leo, Florida.

As the world applauds their accomplishments, one thing is abundantly clear: the legacy of Icon Preparatory School, which is a Black-owned institution, is not confined to its classrooms; it lives on in the hearts and minds of every student who passes through its halls, forever empowered to reach for the stars and soar to new heights of excellence.

These exceptional students were able to graduate from college so quickly because while enrolled at Icon Prep, they earned over 50 college credit hours each. They also all had GPAs above 3.5, and at the time, the youngest was only 12 years old.

Icon Prep, a beacon of educational prowess, is renowned for its unwavering commitment to high academic standards, robust character development, and fostering a nurturing, family-oriented environment. Here, students are not merely recipients of education; they are sculpted into well-rounded individuals equipped to navigate the complexities of the world.

The school’s emphasis on academic rigor is matched only by its dedication to character building, and it understands that education extends far beyond textbooks, encompassing values like commitment, respect, excellence, empowerment, and determination. Through a comprehensive array of extracurricular activities, community service initiatives, and leadership opportunities, students emerge not only as scholars but also as principled citizens ready to make a positive impact on society.

Central to Icon Preparatory’s success is its family-oriented ethos. The school prides itself on fostering close-knit bonds among students, faculty, and parents alike. This sense of belonging cultivates an environment where students feel supported, valued, and empowered to pursue their dreams. In essence, Icon Preparatory isn’t just a school; it’s a second home where every individual is cherished and encouraged to thrive.

Against this backdrop of academic excellence and community spirit, students from this school are achieving extraordinary feats. By enrolling in college-level courses while as young as 12 years old, they are not merely accelerating their education; they are transcending traditional boundaries and setting new benchmarks for academic attainment.

For more details about Icon Preparatory School, visit IconPrep.org

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For press inquiries, contact Dr. Dwayne Raiford at dwayne.raiford@iconprep.org, 813-967-8300 ext 4.