A Tribute to the Graduating Classes of 2020


Congratulations!  The entire Federally Employed Women’s (FEW’s) organization is so elated to celebrate the Class of 2020 graduates.  You have completed a tremendous milestone and we know this journey of education has been a labour of love and sacrifice in hopes for a better future.  We join a grateful nation in the many accolades given in celebration of your success.

It saddens us that our nation is going through the Coronavirus pandemic and you will miss many traditional ceremonial moments.  The pomp and circumstance will truly be missed.  But we are also proud to witness your flexibility and steadfast determination to create new and alternative ceremonies that showcase your creativity and hard work.  We have seen virtual drive-in parking lots filled with individual graduation photos, Zoom virtual graduations and acceptance of your diploma while social distancing.

The Graduating Classes of 2020 are remarkable people because of what we are experiencing right now.  We know that the vast majority of pupils graduating made every effort to excel to their fullest potential.  They aimed high, set their goals and, for the most part, they not only achieved them, but in fact far surpassed them.  FEW is proud of you!

FEW would like to pay tribute to each and every one of you. You have left an indelible legacy of excellence, achievement and a fine ethos for generations to come.

So, as you tackle the inevitable changes, hold true to yourself.  Remember to hold onto your values, your work ethic and most importantly, your humanity.  It is these qualities that will guide you further on your journey.  Your life is a remarkable occasion – FEW has no doubt that you will rise to it!

It has been an honour and a privilege for FEW to celebrate our very own extended family.

Karen Rainey, FEW National President


The Class of 2020 Graduates

Qasim Anjarwala, Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences, University of Houston, began Biomedical Sciences Pre-Dental Post-Baccalaureate Program at Marquette University, son of Zabi Anjarwala, Houston Chapter.

Michael Joseph Caldarola, Master of Social Work, Magna Cum Laude, Fordham University, nephew of Carmen Chavez-Ghimenti.

Olivia Carter, Little Flower Catholic High School, Philadelphia, will be attending Bloomsburg University.

Denisha Darrough, Central Arkansas Chapter, Masters of Social Work with an emphasis in Management and Community practices.

Caleb Jeremiah Davis, Beech High School, Hendersonville, TN, will be attending Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA, and grandson of Connie Coleman-Lacadie.

Janae S. Davis, Rutgers University, Cum Laude, Major Biology, Minor Childhood Studies.

Ivy Donaldson, Rosemont College, B.S. in Business Management.

Emma Foster, Pennridge High School, Perkasie, PA, Class President & Magna Cum Laude, niece of Margaret A. Kenyon, Philadelphia Chapter.

Nina S. Goodson, Magna Cum Laude, American University, Bachelor of Science.

Taylor Hartsfield-Jarmon, Rutgers University, Masters of Science – Clinical Trial Sciences.

Alexander Harvey, Penn State University, B.S. in Business Management/Marketing.

Tyree’ Kennedy, Welding Specialist Certificate, Tulsa Welding School & Technology Center, Houston, Texas, son of Tamekca D Holmes, Houston Chapter.

Malia LaBran, Ragsdale High School, will be attending North Carolina A & T, daughter of Angel LaBran, FEW Houston Chapter.

Stephanie G. Knepper, Philadelphia Chapter, Bachelor of Science Information Technology-Organizational Leadership, Magna Cum Laude, Dean’s List, Peirce College.

BriGette McCoy, Atlanta Chapter, Master’s of Science in Instructional Design, Georgia State University.

Janelle D. McKelvey, Master’s in Public Health (MPH), LaSalle University.

Olivia Olverson, Reynoldsburg High School, Reynoldsburg, OH, daughter of Shelly Olverson, Equalitarian Chapter.

Yazmin L. O’Neal-Sloane, Carlisle High School, will be attending Susquehanna University, Environmental Science, and granddaughter of Diana S. Davis, Almech Chapter, and Blacks In Government President.

Brianna Patterson, Manor Senior High School, will be attending Texas State University, Nursing Program.

Dominique Pearsall, The City School Poplar Campus, Philadelphia.

Joy Robertson, Canal Winchester High School, Canal Winchester, OH, daughter of Tonya Robertson, Equalitarian Chapter.

Talia Shanai Scott, Middletown Area High School, will be attending West Chester University- College of Health Sciences, Nurse Practitioner, granddaughter of Beatrice Gallatin, Almech Chapter.

Tameka Seals, Central Arkansas Chapter, Masters In Social Work with a Concentration in Advanced Direct Practice.

Jacqueline Shack, Central Arkansas Chapter, RN Degree.

Kaitlyn Sara Marie Sherman, Nebraska Heartland Chapter, Bachelor’s Applied Arts and Science, Child Development and Family Studies, Tarleton State University, Stephenville, TX.

Monjahnique Sherrod, Freite Creative Arts High School, Wilmington, Delaware, will be attending University of the Arts.

Amber Small, Mechanicsburg High School, will be attending Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Georgia, photography and entrepreneurship or business, niece of Lucinda C. Wilson.

Mitchell Avery Stengel, Mount Spokane High School, only student to play in the Washington State Basketball tournament three years in a row, earned Wild Cat Award for his achievements in basketball, attending University of Washington, finance, great nephew of Judy Rush.

Lilleana Maureen Watson, Oxon Hill High (Science and Technology Program), will be attending Morgan State University, architecture and environmental design, daughter of Tonya Prior Watson, Widening Opportunities for Women Chapter.

Casandra Jannell Williams, Aberdeen High School, Aberdeen, MD, will be attending Bowie State University, elementary education, daughter of Stacey Williams, Maryland Tri-County Chapter.