2016 Westlake Valedictorian Attending Vanderbilt This Fall
Morenike Ibidapo was born and raised in South Fulton county to parents Michael and Wanda Ibidapo and she is the third of four children. Morenike attended local public schools Stonewall Tell Elementary and Sandtown Middle School before joining the Lion family at Westlake High School.
From a young age, Morenike was interested in a variety of diverse activities like learning piano and violin, and playing soccer and softball. As Morenike became a young adult, she decided to hone in on one instrument and sport: violin and volleyball.
With a natural talent for music, Morenike became a leader in her orchestra as a first violinist and a section leader. She played with the Westlake Orchestra all four years of high school, performing in both school concerts and events around the city. Morenike was also honored to perform three times at Music in the Park with Grammy-award winning saxophonist Kebbi Williams.
In addition to music, Morenike was the Westlake Student Government Association president of the 2015-2016 school year. Under her lead, Westlake SGA was able to do amazing community service projects like Project Greatness, where students used fresh food to make sack lunches for the Atlanta homeless, and the March Water Drive, where the Westlake community collected over 150 cases and gallon jugs of water for those in need. Morenike plans to continue her service in college by participating in the student government at Vanderbilt University, where she will be attending in the fall of 2016.
Morenike’s academic interests vary across the board, ranging from coordinate geometry to English literature. This year, her favorite course was advanced placement single-variable calculus. Morenike is planning on majoring in neuroscience at Vanderbilt this fall, but will keep an open mind when selecting courses. In her free time, Morenike likes to watch reruns of dramatic series, listen to alternative R&B and soul music, and dabble in hair and makeup. Morenike is a proud example of the shining excellence that comes from South Fulton.