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56 metro Detroit high school seniors win Comcast Leaders and Achievers scholarships

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It’s graduation month. Across Michigan, tens of thousands of seniors will walk across the stage and get their hard-earned diplomas. Many of them are tomorrow’s leaders – some here in Michigan, others on the world stage.

Comcast NBCUniversal recognized 108 of them with a total of $114,000 in scholarships as part of its annual Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship Program.  Funded by the Comcast Foundation, it is is a one-time, $1,000 scholarship awarded to the best and brightest high school seniors for their exceptional community service, academic performance and leadership skills.

Fifty-six of the winners  are from the metro Detroit area and 19 are from Detroit. That is slightly more than half of all the Leaders and Achievers scholarships awarded in Michigan. Our congratulations to them.

Jamilla Essak, a resident of Sterling Heights and student at Regina High School, was selected to receive an additional $6,000 Comcast Founders Scholarship. That award was named in honor of Ralph J. Roberts, founder and chairman emeritus of Comcast Corporation.

Jamilla Essak of Sterling Heights (Regina H.S.) was awarded an additional $6,000 Comcast Founders Scholarship. Pictured with Essak are Craig D’Agostini (Vice President of Government and Regulatory Affairs, Comcast), Senator Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, and Tim Collins (Senior Vice President, Comcast).

Jamilla Essak of Sterling Heights (Regina H.S.) was awarded an additional $6,000 Comcast Founders Scholarship. Pictured with Essak are Craig D’Agostini, vice president, government and regulatory affairs. Comcast; Senator Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, and Tim Collins, senior vice president, Comcast

“These scholarship winners represent the best of tomorrow’s leaders,” says Tim Collins, senior vice president of Comcast in Michigan. “Their community passion and commitment to excellence – both in and out of the classroom – is inspiring. We are honored to recognize their achievements and to support them as they continue their educational journeys.”

Here are the winners listed by city:

  • Riyon Affara                               Allen Park
  • Michael Harris                           Allen Park
  • Brielle Ashford                           Bloomfield Hills
  • Samantha McGrath                   Canton
  • Erin Reasoner                             Canton
  • Alan Sun                                       Canton
  • Jordan Banks                               Clinton Township
  • Mina Ghobrial                             Clinton Township
  • Ali Alshakdari, Sr.                       Dearborn
  • Salwa Badreddine                       Dearborn
  • Aliah Sareini                                 Dearborn
  • Rachal Chehouri                          Dearborn Heights
  • Yusra Lakhani                              Dearborn Heights
  • Jamal Turfe                                  Dearborn Heights
  • DeniseAbbott                               Detroit
  • TaNisha Cameron                       Detroit
  • Paunai Chapman                         Detroit
  • Ejiro Enajero                                Detroit
  • DeAira Everette                           Detroit
  • Dante Fleming                             Detroit
  • Ericka Gillards                             Detroit
  • Nia Graves                                    Detroit
  • Kamar Graves                              Detroit
  • Taegan Humphries                     Detroit
  • Donise Jackson                            Detroit
  • Jaymarie King                              Detroit
  • Donshay Love                              Detroit
  • Kyle McMurtry                            Detroit
  • Ahmed Nahser                             Detroit
  • Donea Neely                                 Detroit
  • Malik Ochoa                                 Detroit
  • Daniel Pintor                                Detroit
  • Jana Pruitt                                    Detroit
  • Montreal Clary                             Ecorse
  • Kevin Nelson                                Garden City
  • Clare Gentile                                Grosse Pointe Woods
  • Talona Johnson                           Highland Park
  • Kennedy Bailey                            Macomb
  • Nicholas Marcopoli                     Macomb
  • Sophia Venticinque                     New Baltimore
  • James Xue                                     Northville
  • Jasmine Jefferson                        Pontiac
  • Keshav Seetharaman                   Shelby Township
  • Benjamin Turner                          Shelby Township
  • Ricardo Hansknecht                    Southfield
  • Leann Abad                                   Sterling Heights
  • Melony Arabbo                             Sterling Heights
  • Jamilla Essak                                Sterling Heights
  • Ermelinda Ndoka                         Sterling Heights
  • Colin Roach                                   Sterling Heights
  • Lucy Li                                            Troy
  • Emily Skwarek                              Troy
  • Cecilia Calzada Munoz                Waterford
  • Victoria Stachowski                     Waterford
  • Benjamin Moy                              West Bloomfield
  • Brandon Allen                              Westland

All students were recognized at a special event held at the Michigan State Capitol building were they each received $1,000 scholarships for the 2016-17 school year.

Comcast recognized its Leaders and Achievers scholarship recipients at a special event held at the Michigan State Capitol building  during which they each received $1,000 scholarships for the 2016-17 school year.

Comcast recognized its Leaders and Achievers scholarship recipients at a special event held at the Michigan State Capitol

Since 2001, more than $25 million has been awarded to nearly 25,000 high school seniors across the country as part of the company’s Leaders and Achievers Program.

The program provides scholarships to students who strive to achieve their full potential, who are catalysts for positive change in their communities, who are involved in their schools and who serve as models for their fellow students. It aims to give young people various opportunities to prepare for the future and to inspire them to become more engaged in their communities as well as demonstrate the importance of civic involvement and its value within the business community.

To learn more, please visit the Comcast Leaders and Achievers Facebook page.

– Photos courtesy of Comcast

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