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Six Friendship Collegiate Academy Students Sign Women's College Basketball Scholarships

Courtesy Dan Cronin | 6/11/2011, 4:45 a.m.

To honor the achievements of six notable student-athletes, Friendship Collegiate Academy Public Charter High School hosted its first annual women's basketball signing day ceremony on Monday, June 6, 2011. At the ceremony, six students announced their decision to sign with NCAA Women's College Basketball programs.

The ceremony opened with Tesha Nixon Cunningham, Friendship Collegiate Academy's head women's basketball coach, addressing the assembled students, faculty and parents. She spoke of the commitment made by each student, and what it means, both on and off the basketball court, for young women to have these opportunities for scholarships.

"I don't know if people understand how much of an honor it is to be an inner-city female student-athlete to earn not only athletic scholarships, but partial academic scholarships as well. But guess what, we have five Achievers Scholarship awardees and six Athletic Scholarship recipients being honored here today," said Coach Tesha Nixon Cunnignham. "To our lovely seniors, we encourage you to take all that you have learned about integrity, persistence, responsibility, dedication, and confidence on with you as you embark on a new chapter in your lives."

Friendship students signed at the following schools:

Courtney Lucas - Lincoln University

Alaysia Washington - Lincoln University

Shaneice Chandler - Lindenwood University

Valencia Sanders - Frederick Community College

Briana Diggs - Garrett Community College

Jaquita Cherry - Garrett Community College

"On behalf of the Board of Trustees, and our teachers, I want to express our shared confidence that these accomplished individuals will carry on Friendship's traditions, and be recognized as student athletes who are stars on the court--and leaders in the classroom," said Donald Hense, chairman of Friendship PCS.

Friendship Collegiate Academy is a college preparatory high school serving students in grades nine through 12. Challenging and relevant, the school's comprehensive curriculum prepares students for college and the world of work in a global economy. D.C. Achievers scholarships pay a full ride through college and provide emotional as well as financial support.

Friendship's mission is to provide a world-class education that motivates students to achieve high academic standards, enjoy learning and develop as ethical, literate, well-rounded and self-sufficient citizens who contribute actively to their communities. In the past, Friendship students have signed women's basketball scholarships with Virginia Union University, West Virginia and Clark Atlanta University and other respected colleges.

Left to Right: Tesha Nixon Cunningham, Miesha Thompson, Catherine Parson, Valencia Sanders, Briana Diggs, Jaquita Cherry, Darryl Nixon, Alaysia Washington, Jasmine Alston, Shaneice Chandler, Courtney Lucas Photo by Bernadette Dare.