Total Sunshine Inc., which boasts an 18-year history of supporting students, will host its 10th annual School Grade Rewards celebration in honor of D.C.’s top high school graduates.
The event, which celebrates valedictorians and salutatorians from D.C. Public Schools and D.C. Public Charter Schools, will be held 4 p.m. Thursday at 4058 Minnesota Avenue NW.
Letters of support have been provided by D.C. Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, the D.C. metro chapter of the National Congress of Black Women, D.C. Council chair Phil Mendelson and council members Robert White, Brandon Todd, Charles Allen, among others.
During the ceremony, the nonprofit TSI will award the 70 honorees with technological tools for college.
D.C. State Board of Education President Karen Williams, along with Washington Informer Publisher Denise Rolark Barnes will provide advice and congratulatory messages to the students.
“It’s my pleasure to express my support for the students being honored at the 10th annual Total Sunshine School Grade Rewards ceremony,” Mendelson said. “[They] are the leaders of tomorrow.”
Since the inception of its televised ceremony in 2009, TSI has supported more than 600 top graduates.
In addition to D.C. Council members, a host of celebrities, athletes and others in the public eye such as WTTG-TV anchor Alison Seymour, football star Robert Griffin III (Family of 3 Foundation) and D.C. State Board of Education representatives have previously attended and supported the event in varied capacities.