Sankan Nyanseor is 2004 Valedictorian at Tri-Cities High

The Perspective
Atlanta, Georgia

April 12, 2004

Sankan Worhwinn Nyanseor
Ms. Sankan Worhwinn Nyanseor, youngest daughter of Mr. Siahyonkron Nyanseor, Chairman of the Liberian Democratic Future, publisher of The Perspective, has been named Valedictorian of the Class of 2004 of Tri-Cities High School in East Point, Georgia. Tri-Cities High School Principal, Mrs. Amelia “Mimi” Davis made the announcement April 1 during the school’s Sixth Annual Honor’s Day Program held on campus.

Sankan, 18, is also a national merits scholar, and is one of 22 high school students in the State of Georgia to receive the coveted “Star Recognition Award” for 2004. The STAR Award is sponsored each year by the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE) Foundation, the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE), the Georgia Department of Education, and the Georgia Chamber of Commerce.

To obtain the STAR nomination, each student must have the highest score in one sitting on the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) taken through the November test date of their senior year and each student must also be in the top 10 percent in their class. Regional STAR winners and their STAR teachers are then invited to Atlanta each year for the STAR awards ceremony. This year’s STAR Award ceremony was held at the Midtown Atlanta Rotary Club.

Sankan is also a recipient of Tri-Cities High School “Super Honor Roll Award” for her academic excellence. Also, she was awarded a certificate in Language Arts for her performance as the department’s outstanding student. Sankan’s graduation date is set for May 21, 2004, and she has been accepted for admission to Emory University and Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Georgia, and Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.

Fulton County STAR Students
Ms. L. Michelle Dance, a Counselor at Tri-Cities High School is very upbeat about Sankan’s scholastic aptitude. Ms. Dance noted in her letter of recommendation in support of Sankan’s scholarship applications to various foundations that, “Sankan takes seriously her responsibility to develop her academic potential. She has chosen a very challenging course of study and achieved quite well. She currently possesses a 96.27 numeric average and holds leadership and membership positions in many of our esteemed organizations. Additionally, she is very astute student of the arts. Sankan is an active and conscientious dancer/member of Tri-Cities Award Winning Visual and Performing Arts Magnet Program.”

“As one of our strongest role models and creative thinkers at Tri-Cities, Sankan exemplifies the highest standards of integrity, wholesomeness, morality and concerns for humanity. She has been described by those who have worked with her as bright and hardworking with great follow through and determination… “Brilliant, genuine, and extremely enthusiastic about education are words that describe Sankan Nyanseor. Since meeting her, I have always been impressed with her thrust for knowledge. Sankan is truly an outstanding student and a fine young lady who is admired and respected by all. It has truly been a privilege to have the opportunity to work with Sankan. She is one of our best,” Ms. Dance wrote.

Sankan with STAR Teacher Richard Rollins (L)
Sankan’s father, Mr. Siahyonkron Nyanseor is equally upbeat and very ecstatic about his daughter’s academic achievement. “On behalf of my wife, J. Damali, the entire Nyanseor family, and our relatives and friends in the United States and Africa, I extend our heartfelt congratulations to Sankan Worhwinn Nyanseor for her academic achievements and for her selection as valedictorian of her graduating class,” Mr. Nyanseor said.

Mr. Nyanseor is, however, not yet sure if Sankan would attend Emory, Georgia Tech or Duke next Fall, but said he thinks she is leaning toward Emory University because of the university’s connection to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta. Ms. Nyanseor said sometime ago that she wanted to become a Virologist to one-day work with the CDC in developing vaccines to cure numerous viruses such as HIV and AIDS that affect many people in the United States and Africa.

Tri-Cities High School is a leading secondary school in Georgia. The school is called Tri-Cities because it primarily caters to students from the cities of College Park, East Point and Hapeville. It is located in East Point, Georgia.