Outstanding high school seniors honored for achievement

Top row (l to r): Morgan Smith, Christian Rullan-Crespo, Olivia Farris, Alexander Zhu and Janvier Green Bottom row: Talia Collier, Megan Stoklosa, Sam Oberly, Jessica Smith and Pragyat Khanal

One served as president of the Delaware 4-H.

Another helped Syrian refugees obtain food and water during the month of Ramadan.

Some attained the Boy Scouts of America’s highest rank — Eagle Scout.

Delaware Secretary of Education Susan Bunting congratulated 91 outstanding public and charter school students from the Class of 2020 this week, naming them Secretary of Education Scholars.


Students were selected by their school principals, who considered students based on both their academic records and community service.

Praise for the students, who earned top honors and demonstrated a deep involvement in athletic, academic and extracurricular activities, included comments like “intelligent, driven, thoughtful,” and “she is someone who will leave a lasting impact on our community.”

The number of scholars chosen from each school is based on enrollment. 

While the COVID pandemic forced the cancelation of the annual banquet honoring the scholars, the Delaware Department of Education has developed a website to introduce us all to the many accomplishments of these fine young adults. 

L to r: Oluebube Akujieze – Christiana HS, 4-H President Jenna Anger – SussexCentral HS; Robert Andrews – First State Military Academy (on left)

Here are a few of the personal narratives:

Sophia Block – Cab Calloway School of the Arts: ” I aspire to pursue change in society. Coming from a family of educators, I have a love for embracing learning and advocating for others.”

Robert Andrews – First State Military Academy: “I want to continue growing, learning, and improving for the rest of my life. I want to spend the rest of my life in service to a cause higher than myself.”

Talia Collier – A.I. duPont High School: “The curiosity of the unknown. The excitement of new outcomes. The joy that is given and received when helping others. The experiences that help me grow. The hope I have for my future all encompass these qualities that make up what inspires me.”

Pragyat Khanal – Newark Charter School: To receive this honor is a testament to the vision of my parents — their dedication and perseverance despite setbacks they faced. These are values that they have instilled in me, which continue to guide my personal growth and endeavors in academics and my community.”


Secretary of Education Bunting was disappointed that for the first time since 1984 the scholars could not be congratulated in person. “I regret that the COVID-19 crisis prevented us from honoring these soon-to-be graduates in person as scheduled. They deserve recognition for their outstanding achievements and leadership in and out of the classroom,” she said.

“Their success is the result of their hard work and the support of their families and educators. Graduation is the start of a new chapter in their lives, and I can’t wait to see how they will continue to excel in college, military service and their chosen careers,” she said.

“I am inspired by these Delaware students who have excelled academically while also leading community and school organizations, playing sports, and working part-time jobs,” said Governor John Carney. “These are future leaders of our state. Congratulations on your success. Good luck as you move forward. Even if your journey takes you out of Delaware, I hope you’ll return to the First State to continue serving our community.”

The 2020 Secretary of Education Scholars:

Jacob Adkins, Lake Forest High School

Isabella Adler, Mount Pleasant High School

Urooj Ahmed, William Penn High School

Oluebube Akujieze, Christiana High School

Toniyah Alston, Freire Charter School

Robert Andrews, First State Military Academy

Jenna Anger, Sussex Central High School

Keely Arndt, Caesar Rodney High School

Joseph Ayako, St. Georges Technical High School

Julia Bacci, Delaware Military Academy

Eliana Baker, Brandywine High School

Shreya Bathula, Middletown High School

Kally Bennett, Milford Senior High School

Madeline Betts, Cape Henlopen High School

Arriana Bisram, William Penn High School

Jessica Blatzheim, Sussex Technical High School

Sophia Block, Cab Calloway School of the Arts

Victoria Brown, Conrad Schools of Science

Misael Campos, Delcastle Technical High School

Maci Carter, Lake Forest High School

Nathaniel Catts, Newark High School

Evan Cheng, Caesar Rodney High School

Talia Collier, Alexis I. duPont High School

Ashlyn Darling, Dover High School

Mia Davis, Smyrna High School

Kate Dawson, Christiana High School

Danielle Doyle, Dover High School

Peyton Easton, Caesar Rodney High School

James Ellison, Laurel Senior High School

Cameron Emmett, Middletown High School

Emma Evan, Sussex Central High School

Olivia Farris, Delaware Military Academy

Marley Fishburn, Seaford Senior High School

Kurt Florez, Caesar Rodney High School

Alexus Frisby, Howard High School of Technology

Adebola Gbadebo, Early College High School at Del State

Rachel Gray, William Penn High School

Janvier Green, Thomas McKean High School

Cameron Greene, Delcastle Technical High School

Brandon Greenlee, Sussex Central High School

Mahmoud Hamdi, Early College High School at Del State

Conner Hartland, Glasgow High School

Lauren Haskell, Appoquinimink High School

Sofia Henriquez, Conrad Schools of Science

Megan Hopkins, Delaware School for the Deaf

Stephen Howard, Positive Outcomes Charter School

Mackenzie Irelan, Cape Henlopen High School

Jordyn Jacobson, POLYTECH High School

Mackenna Kerrick, Woodbridge High School

Pragyat Khanal, Newark Charter School

David Koval, Delmar High School

Sarah Larose, Smyrna High School

Anthony Lee, Charter School of Wilmington

Olivia Lopez, Middletown High School

Moses Martinez, Milford Senior High School

Kaila McCabe, Indian River High School

Shreya Mehta, Appoquinimink High School

Leah Miller, Laurel Senior High School

Dennis Mirza, Appoquinimink High School

Joshua Mortenson, John Dickinson School

Apuroop Mutyala, MOT Charter School

Sam Oberly, Concord High School

Maddison Olley, Indian River High School

Bethany Pasmore, Sussex Technical High School

Shiv Patel, Delmar High School

Jay Patel, William Penn High School

Milan Patel, Sussex Academy of Arts and Sciences

Regis Puebla, St. Georges Technical High School

Katie Raab, Concord High School

Adriel Ramen, Thomas McKean High School

Sabrina Ratliff, Delcastle Technical High School

Alemeshet Rediate, Glasgow High School

Yoseline Rios-Saldivar, Howard High School of Technology

Adan Rivera Gomez, Paul M. Hodgson Vocational Technical High School

Katelyn Robertson, John Dickinson School

Allison Rodi, Mount Pleasant High School

Christian Rullan-Crespo, Alexis I. duPont High School

Stephanie Santiago-Limon, Paul M. Hodgson Vocational Technical High School

Leila Sebastian, Smyrna High School

Riya Setty, Newark Charter School

Morgan Smith, Odyssey Charter School

Jessica Smith, Cab Calloway School of the Arts

Julius Snipes, Dover High School

Anna Stancofski, Cape Henlopen High School

Megan Stoklosa, Brandywine High School

Regan Todd, Woodbridge High School

Megan Tran, Seaford Senior High School

Cynthia Wang, MOT Charter School

Clay Wilfong, Newark High School

Emma Zeitler, POLYTECH High School

Alexander Zhu, Charter School of Wilmington

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Christy Fleming

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The managing editor of TownSquareDelaware.com, Christy Fleming also supports a variety of non-profit initiatives in Delaware. Her background includes positions in public relations, advertising and journalism.

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