2017 HBCU All-Stars

62 Students from 59 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) Named 2017 HBCU All-Stars

The White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (WHIHBCUs) announced its 2017 HBCU All-Stars, recognizing 61 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students for their accomplishments in academics, leadership, and civic engagement.

The All-Stars were selected from more than 453 students who submitted applications that included a transcript, resume, essay, and recommendation. Over the course of the year, the HBCU All-Stars will serve as ambassadors of the WHIHBCUs by providing outreach and communication with their fellow students about the value of education and the role of the Initiative as a networking resource.  Through social media and their relationships with community based organizations, the All-Stars will share promising and proven practices that support opportunities for all young people to achieve their educational and career potential.

“During the course of one academic school year, these 61 All-Stars will distinguish themselves as exemplars of the talent that HBCUs cultivate, and noble ambassadors of their respective institutions, said Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. The Initiative and Department are looking forward to working with this fourth class of All-Stars, and we are confident this will allow the White House Initiative on HBCUs to meaningfully connect with HBCU students, showcase HBCU talent and advance our agenda for academic excellence at HBCUs.”

In addition, the All-Stars will also participate in the White House HBCU Week conference, as well as various national events, web chats with the Initiative staff and professionals from a range of disciplines. The All-Stars will have exceptional opportunities to engage with other HBCU scholars and to showcase their individual and collective talent across the HBCU community.

“The White House Initiative on HBCUs is excited to announce our 2017 HBCU All-Stars. Our All-Stars represent the best and the brightest that HBCUs have to offer”, said Acting Executive Director, Arthur McMahan. We pledge to provide a rich and nurturing environment that will help propel them to the highest heights”

“As a proud HBCU graduate, I am personally thrilled to congratulate this year’s impressive class of HBCU All-Stars,” said Omarosa Manigault, Assistant to the President and Director of Communications for the Office of Public Liaison.

For more information regarding the 2017 HBCU All-Star Student program and application contact: hbcuallstars@ed.gov and follow @WHI_HBCUs on Twitter.

NOTE : Attached is a list of the 2017 HBCU All-Stars, alphabetical by their hometown state, and including the city they are from, the school they attend and the school’s location.

The 2017 All-Stars and HBCUs are listed below


Montgomery – Arianne Price, Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL

Northport – Jamie Williams, Grambling State University, Grambling, LA


Bahama-Elijah Stevens, Bethune-Cookman University, Daytona Beach, FL


Dover-Keonia Rodgers, North Carolina Agriculture and Technical University, Greensboro, NC

New Castle-Charlein Downs, Delaware State University, Dover, DE


District of Columbia- Dontae Bell, Howard University, Washington, D.C.


Miami- Tasja Estiverne, Johnson C. Smith University, Charlotte, NC

Miami Gardens-Ato Watson, Florida Memorial University, Miami, FL

West Melbourne- Alexandria Washington, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, Tallahassee, FL


Atlanta-Alton Butts, Morris College, Sumter, SC

Atlanta- Erin Baugh, Albany State University, Albany GA

East Point- LaShawn Baynard, Savannah State University, Savannah, GA

Ellenwood-Ryan Rolax, Miles College, Fairfield, AL

Macon-Randall Barnes, Fort Valley State University, Fort Valley, GA

Stone Mountain- Brandon Long, North Carolina Agriculture and Technical University, Greensboro, NC

Stone Mountain- Fransheria Bazemore, Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, GA


East Saint Louis-Karmeen Powell-Childress, Jackson State University, Jackson, MS

Chicago- Lea Hemphill, Southern University Agricultural and Mechanical College, Baton Rouge, LA

Chicago-Tiaara Anderson, Philander Smith College, Little Rock, AR


Gary- David King Jr., Alabama State University, Montgomery, AL


Portland-Nikolai Knight, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Pine Bluff, AR


Hutchinson- Ta’Mara Hill, Wiley College, Marshall, TX


New Orleans – Yo’Sha Lain, Southern University Agricultural and Mechanical College, Baton Rouge, LA

Winnsboro- Nicholas Alexander, Meharry Medical College, Nashville, TN


Baltimore-Aaron Mackell, Hampton University, Hampton, VA

Baltimore- Lakeisha Mixon, Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD

Baltimore- JaJuan Sanders, Oakwood University, Huntsville, AL

Capital Heights- Dajanay White, Edward Waters College, Jacksonville, FL

Silver Spring- Mamei Willie-Bonglo, University of the District of Columbia, Washington, D.C.

Silver Spring- Rachel Rosario, Meharry Medical College, Nashville, TN

Upper Marlboro- Shanell Powell, Bowie State University, Bowie, MD


Detroit- Rogi Banks, Howard University, Washington, D.C.


Holy Springs- Ba’Sheerah Williams, Rust College, Holy Spring, MS

Jackson- Jeffrey Fairley, Hinds Community College, Utica, MS


Lees Summit- Khiala Tyson, Tennessee State University, Nashville, TN

Kansas City, Derrick Parker, Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA

St. Louis- Aaron Batiste, Harris-Stowe State University, St. Louis, MO

St. Louis-Brionna Adams, Lincoln University of Missouri, Jefferson City, MO


Trenton- Deonna Williams, Norfolk State University, Norfolk, VA


Mount Vernon- Kailiah Evans, Lincoln University of Pennsylvania, Lincoln University, PA


Lagos- Chidera Ntiwunka-Ifeanyi, Virginia State University, Petersburg, VA

Nigeria-Zoe Johnson, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Princess Anne, MD


Charlotte- Terell Richardson, Livingston College, Salisbury, NC

Charlotte- William Gibson, Winston-Salem State University, Winston Salem, NC

Greensboro- Shani McMichael, Bennett College, Greensboro, NC

Winston- Salem, Imani Cooper, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, Tallahassee, FL


Drumright- Coleton Dudley, Langston University, Langston, OK


Portland- Taylor Hall-Debnam, Spelman College, Atlanta, GA


Orangeburg- Hillary Mokaya, Claflin University, Orangeburg, SC

Orangeburg- Omari Richards, South Carolina State University, Orangeburg, SC

Lamar- Terrianna McCullough, Voorhees College, Demark, SC


Jackson- Jacarri Relf, Lane College Jackson, TN

Memphis- Bryan Redmond, Xavier University, New Orleans, LA


Houston- Adrianna Jackson, Dillard University, New Orleans, LA

Houston- Samuel Kanu, Texas Southern University, Houston, TX

Port Arthur- Geremiah Lofton, Huston-Tillotson University, Austin, TX

Sachse- Monica Dorsey, Texas College, Tyler, TX

San Antonio- Passion Williams-Toomer, St. Phillip’s College, San Antonio, TX

Spring- Ervin Bryant, Prairie View Agricultural and Mechanical University, Prairie View, TX


Bluefield- Brianna Vineyard, Bluefield State College, Bluefield, WV


Woodbridge- Denzel Goodlin, North Carolina Central University, Durham, NC