South Fulton’s talented and ambitious students include scholar-athletes, award-winning chess players, environmentalists and budding philanthropists. These young adults are well-rounded, well-traveled and engaged, and we acknowledge their impact on our community. South Fulton Lifestyle Magazine is proud to introduce 10 of South Fulton’s finest high school seniors. We celebrate these students, who excel academically, athletically and in service to the community, and offer our heartfelt congratulations to the Class of 2017.
Evan Allen- Fulton Leadership Academy
Evan Allen is the son of Curtis and Davida Allen. His jocund nature allows him to work with children and adults of all ages. He has a love for travel, connecting. As a People to People Ambassador, Evan traveled to Italy, France and Greece and continued his travels visiting Mexico with Fulton County Commissioner John Eaves and the Global Youth Ambassador Program. He was inducted into the National Honor Society, the National Beta Club and is a member of the FLA award-winning Chess Team, which ranked in the top 10 in the state. Evan plans to major in Creative Writing, with a minor in Education.
Tyrese Berrymon- Fulton Leadership Academy
An outstanding scholar-athlete, Tyrese Berrymon has been Fulton Leadership Academy’s top scholar-athlete since middle school. Known for incorporating school spirit into his activities, including the football and track teams, Tyrese’s biggest passion is basketball. As a member of the Gryphons Varsity Basketball Team, Tyrese holds the title for Most Valuable Player as well as an All-Regions Selections Player. A member of the National Honor Society and the National Beta Club, Tyrese plans to continue his interests in sports corporations.
Austin Brinson- Fulton Leadership Academy
Capturing the world around him with his camera, Austin Brinson’s photography hobby has grown into a profession over the past four years, with Austin taking professional photos for school events, AlphaDawg Entertainment and independent contracts. Austin is ranked in the Top 5 of his graduating class and is active with the Ignite Ministry of the Word of Faith Family Worship Cathedral. This young entrepreneur plans to earn a degree in Computer Science Development and Technology to further pursue his dream of building a global video game development company.
Fabian Cummings- Fulton Leadership Academy
Fabian Cummings is an international traveler, having served with the Global Youth Ambassador Program on trips to Mexico, Costa Rica and Panama. He served as group leader during his most recent trip to Germany, focusing on Afro-German culture by interviewing people of varied appearances and birth cities. Fabian has also served as president of Fulton Leadership Academy’s Student Government Association. His work continues through his membership with the National Honor Society and the National Beta Club. Fabian plans to attend Berry College in the fall, continuing community work locally as a Bonner Scholar.
Camille Garden- Landmark Christian Academy
A multifaceted scholar-athlete, Camille A. Garden is the daughter of Everett and Terri Garden. Camille recently had five poems published in Seven Years Good Luck. She is a prefect in student government and a member of the National Honor Society, National Society of High School Scholars, the Beta Club, Spanish Club, Mock Trial Team, and a founding member of the Landmark Poetry Club. Camille’s impressive record of positions, awards and accolades too numerous to name include representing Cascade United Methodist Church at the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church, serving as Junior Teen Secretary for Jack and Jill, serving on the Girl Scouts Camp CEO leadership team, and earning the bronze and silver awards for Girl Scouts during her 13-year tenure. Camille is currently the co-captain of her volleyball team, which made it to the Final Four this year. Camille was named an AAU Volleyball Academic All American and has received an academic and athletic scholarship to attend the University of New Haven. Camille plans to pursue a degree in English and Creative Writing.
Nyire Gray- Benjamin E. Mays High School
Nyire Gray is the great grandniece of her school’s namesake, Dr. Benjamin Elijah Mays, and she takes great pride in her school. Innovative gardening techniques, such as hydroponics, have taken root in her household, however, Nyire’s interests lie in animal sciences. With a passion for the sciences, Nyire pursued independent learning tracks, shadowing at Piedmont Animal Hospital and conducting experiments at Georgia Tech’s BIO@TECH program. Nyire spent this past summer at Fort Valley State University’s agricultural research station focusing on veterinary science. She played basketball and volleyball for Greater Atlanta Adventist Academy and is currently on the Mays Volleyball Team. Her future plans include attending Fort Valley State University to obtain a veterinarian technician certification and a Bachelor’s degree. After her undergraduate studies, Nyire aspires to attend the school of veterinary medicine at the University of Georgia or Tuskegee University.
Gabriel Jackson- Langston Hughes High School
A native of the South Fulton community, Gabriel Jackson is very involved, having participated in nearly 20 clubs and organizations. He has taken on several leadership roles, including section leader in the band, secretary and membership chair of Future Business Leaders of America, and treasurer of the National Honors Society. Gabriel’s most humbling role is that of class president, as he takes pride in being a steward amongst his peers, especially at this pivotal time. Despite his demanding schedule, his involvement in clubs and activities does not hinder his work ethic inside the classroom—Gabriel earned the ranking of valedictorian of his senior class! He will further his education in the fall at Howard University and intends to major in Finance. After his undergraduate studies, Gabriel aspires to attend either business or law school.
Rasheed Muhammad- Fulton Leadership Academy
Rasheed Muhammad is a well-versed scholar, frequently traveling abroad and already accomplishing so much in his varied fields of interests. He has been recognized by his teachers for three years in a row for earning the coveted grade level Achievement award. Rasheed holds an 84.6 percentile Junior Ranking in the United States Chess Federation. He is also a participant in the Fulton County Junior District Attorney and Justice Benham Law Camps, and he even presented as a speaker at the Gate City Bar Association. As such, Rasheed and his colleagues were trophy winners for the third year in a row in the Moot Court Competition. Rasheed enjoys singing and performing Capoeira with a third cordão (belt). Rasheed will attend Howard University.
Terry Myrick- Woodward Academy
Scholar-athlete Terry Myrick is the son of Devon and Eboni Myrick. He continues to uphold the Myrick family passion of giving back and has participated in numerous community service projects. The most impressionable projects for him were “Blessings in a Backpack,” where he helped pack 900 backpacks with weekend meals for area children, and the Terranova Canned Food Drive, aimed to assist students in Zambia. An academic high achiever, Terry has received an “Emerald Scholarship” for academics to Eastern Michigan University. The ideal student-athlete, Terry played football for four varsity football seasons. He was named first team All-Region for two consecutive years and second team All-State as a senior. Three straight regional titles have led to this Woodward War Eagle signing a Division 1 athletic scholarship to Eastern Michigan University. Terry strives to be a great big brother to 9-year-old Tyree and a positive example for his peers.
Sydney Stepney- Benjamin E. Mays High School
Ranking in the Top 5 of her senior class, Sydney Stepney has shown leadership academically, athletically and civically. She leads as president of her school’s Beta Club, National Honor Society, Urban Agriculture Club, District Nutrition Ambassador, and Captain for both the Varsity Cheer and Track teams. Working closely with The Science National Honor Society and BEWARE (Benjamin Elijah Women Articulating Real Empowerment), Sydney has made several public appearances, including on FOX5 News and The Weather Channel about her school’s innovative greenhouse. This student-athlete also holds many athletic accomplishments, placing in the girls’ shot put competition for consecutive years, cheering on a champion squad for the region, and earning the title of Wendy’s High School Heisman Trophy Winner. Sydney is a member of the Pink Lemonade Stand Entrepreneur Foundation and has spent time volunteering with the College Park Tumbleweeds, working with youth on Bronze-level routines.