24 high school seniors from across the district were invited to attend the Annual Meeting of the Savannah Economic Development Authority. The meeting featured a keynote address by Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour, America’s first Black female combat pilot.
Ms. Armour advised attendees to make “gutsy” moves, to work your plan, and to be prepared to “flex and adapt” when the plan changes. She provided her 5-point plan for breaking through on difficult challenges and obstacles: Reassess, R-imagine, Reinvent, Re-invigorate and Re-attack. Ms. Armour’s inspirational message to business leaders and students was this: “Each day, you have a choice of how you will live. Will you take the leap? Will you brave the unbeaten path? Will you date to do what you’ve always dreamed? A life well lived is one where you make the gutsy move!”
Attendees included students from each high school.
- Woodville Tompkins High: Chance McKinnie and Jayla Bolden,
- Jenkins High Dan Ha and Frank George
- Johnson High Khaleelah Muhammad and Cortney Johnson,
- Savannah Arts Academy: Verity Sullivan and Mina Smith,
- Islands High: Leah Wu and Delaney Love
- New Hampstead High: Donte Chisolm and Yteria Smith
- Savannah Early College: Asatah Robinson and Curtis Smith
- Windsor Forest High: George Black and Keonna James,
- Beach High: Andre'l Shuman and Christian Watts
- School of Liberal Studies at Savannah High: Mikeal Wilds and Rachel Whitehead
- Groves High: Tamar Glover, Christian Gunter, Jose Gutirrez, and Kimone' Robinson