FWHS-AKA Silhouettes Program Celebrates Graduates

By June 18, 2020 Newsletter

FWHS salutes three 2020 high school graduates and former Butler Place residents who successfully completed the Silhouettes program sponsored by the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority’s Beta Mu Omega Chapter.

Butler Place residents celebrated high school graduates Ry’Nysha Lee, left, and Jade Sullivan, far right, who were mentored through the AKA Silhouettes program. FWHS Relocation Coordinator Dana Sinegal, an AKA mentor, is at center.

AKA alumni met monthly with the student participants to mentor them throughout their elementary and secondary school years. Monthly programs ranged from math and science topics to voter registration efforts and community service projects.

Ry’Nysha Lee graduated from Marine Creek Collegiate High School in Fort Worth with her diploma and an Associate Degree from Tarrant County College. She will attend Columbia College Chicago this fall and plans to major in English and creative writing with a minor in education.

Lee joined Silhouettes in fourth grade and said the program provided her opportunities to learn about a range of topics, from science to human trafficking and etiquette. “It was important for us as girls because you don’t always have a lot of role models,” she says. “We got to enjoy ourselves instead of worrying what would happen next. They taught us to look out for ourselves and how to act in different situations.

Lee’s friend Jade Sullivan graduated from Paschal High School in Fort Worth and will attend Tarrant County College this fall with plans to study early childhood education after she earns her Associate of Arts degree.

“I’ve been in the group since I was in second grade, and it really helped me,” Sullivan says. “The mentors are women you can relate to. They taught us how to communicate with others and how to be a lady. It really helped me grow.”

Sherronice Wilkins, a third Silhouettes student member, graduated from Marine Creek Collegiate High School and is making plans for fall.

Congratulations to our graduates! We are proud of you and wish you the brightest future.