Student Highlights: Summer 2024

This summer we are excited to highlight our students' achievements beyond the classroom!  Be sure to check back weekly as we will be updating this section.  To feature a student, email scasey@paduaacademy.org with their story. Please note that while we will carefully review all submissions, not all may be published.

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6/24/24: We begin our Student Highlights this summer by showcasing Dayvey Gordon '25, who was selected to participate in the Scripps Howard Emerging Journalists Program at Elon University from June 17-28. She is pictured attending a press conference with Representative Renée A. Price at the capital during this prestigious program.

Dayvey is one of 18 high school students hailing from across the county that will develop their reporting, writing, multimedia storytelling, leadership and media management skills. This Immersion Cohort will work as part of a working newsroom, producing professional web content and learning to track audience engagement metrics, using the latest production software and equipment. She will also earn four hours of college credit from Elon University. Congratulations, Dayvey! Keep shining bright!

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7/2/24: Our Student Highlight today is Ja'Khayla Wise '27. Ja'Khayla was crowned Miss Juneteenth Delaware 2024 at the 27th annual Miss Juneteenth Delaware pageant, held at the Baby Grand Theater in Wilmington on Saturday, June 29, 2024. During the talent portion, Ja'Khayla captivated the audience with her rendition of Billie Holiday's "Strange Fruit."

Since February, contestants have participated in workshops on etiquette, social skills, essay writing, public speaking, modeling, nutrition, proper attire, African American history, and spirituality. Community service was also a vital part of the program.

This pageant marks the 27th annual event and celebrates the Delaware Juneteenth Association - DEJA's 30th anniversary. Ja'Khayla is pictured with Sandy Clark, Pageant Director, Treasurer & Co-founder. We are #PaduaProud of you, Ja'Khayla! More coverage of this event on Delaware Online. Photo credit: William Bretzger-Delaware News Journal & DEJA
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