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MACH Academy Graduates Move Onto College

August 30, 2011 06:05 PM
Successful students are our greatest achievements. MACH Academy, Inc. is proud to congratulate nine (9) participants of their program as recent High School graduates of the Class of 2011. This is a significant accomplishment and an important first step in ensuring their future. These students are on their way to the next step in preparing for successful careers. MACH Academy, Inc. congratulates all of our graduates on their academic success and wishes them the best in their future achievements.
Eight of our participants have been accepted to colleges and one will enter the military. Through their diligence and hard work in MACH Academy’s academic and tennis program, four participants, Jonathan Dingle, E’lysia Ortiz, Zakiyah Provost, and Jessica Taylor have signed Letters of Intent to play tennis for their respective colleges.
South Aiken High School graduate Jonathan Dingle signed to play college tennis for Prairie View A&M University in Prairie View, Texas. Zakiyah Provost, Aiken High School graduate, will also play tennis at Prairie View A&M University. Zakiyah plans to major in Early Childhood Education and to pursue her master's at Prairie View.
E'lysia Ortiz, an honor student at A.R. Johnson Health and Engineering Magnet School received a full scholarship and signed to play tennis at Florida A&M University. E’lysia has been A.R. Johnson’s No. 1 singles player since her freshman year.
Jessica Taylor, a graduate of Thomson High School, played the number one singles position for four years. Jessica signed a National Letter of Intent to play tennis for the Alabama A&M University Lady Bulldogs in 2012.
Naima Simpkins, graduate of the Academy of Richmond County, will attend Savannah State University, Savannah, Georgia, pursuing a degree in Biology.
Akilah McKenny – graduate of Academy of Richmond County has signed on with the U. S. National Guard;
Bryce Giboney – graduate of A. R. Johnson Health and Engineering Magnet School will attend Georgia Southern;
Lauren Sampson - graduate of Crosscreek High School will attend Ft. Valley State University; and
Joseph Collins - graduate of A. R. Johnson Health and Engineering Magnet School will attend the Florida Institute of Technology.
MACH Academy, Inc. is a not-for-profit community organization housed at the Fleming Tennis Center, 1850 Chester Avenue in South Augusta. Year round programs and services include academic/tutoring support, computer literacy, nutrition/healthy eating, and fitness/tennis instruction. Programs and services are provided for youth ages 3 – 18. MACH Academy offers children a safe and supportive environment, and designs its programs to be a vehicle for the development of young people who might otherwise lack this type of positive influence and support in their lives.
MACH Academy’s programs are supported through funding provided by: Augusta Housing and Community Development Department, Wells Fargo, Augusta Recreation and Parks Departments, Proctor and Gamble, Publix Super Markets, United Way of Aiken County, Inc., CSRA United Way, Inc. (employee designated funding), United States Tennis Association (USTA), Georgia Tennis Association (GTA), USTA Southern Section, Central Savannah River Area Tennis Association (CSRATA), Comcast, Corporation for National and Community Service, Papa John’s Pizza, Pepsi Bottling Company (Augusta Plant), International Paper Company (Augusta Mill), USTA Serves, Georgia After School Investment Council, USTA NJTL First Serve, and others.



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