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Ten International High School of New Orleans Seniors Amass Total of More Than $25 Million in Scholarships

Date: May 2nd, 2020

Ten International High School of New Orleans Seniors Amass
Total of More Than $25 Million in Scholarships
Seniors Join Prestigious $1 Million Scholarship Club and Earn
more than 1,000 College Acceptances
(NEW ORLEANS) – As most seniors are adjusting to new schedules, routines and online classroom experiences due to the COVID-19 crisis, 10 seniors at International High School of New Orleans have been busy working toward their goals of starting college in the fall. The 10 seniors have been aggressively pursuing scholarship and acceptances and their hard work is paying off to the tune of $25 million in scholarships and more than 1,000 college acceptance letters. 
The IHSNO seniors have set a new record for the downtown New Orleans school when it comes to scholarships and acceptances. To date, student totals include:
Ajah Dudley, $4.5 million
Hilary Lyons, $2.5 million
Diajelle Batiste, $3 million
Krysel Guerrero, $2 million
Ron Triggs, $3 million       
Gage Brown, $2.5 million
Vanessa Farinas, $2 million
Dajah Lee, $1.5 million
Genesis McPipe, $1 million
J’Lyn Wilson, $2.5 million
“IHSNO’s class of 2020 has faced unprecendented challenges during the Corona Crisis,” said IHSNO 11thand 12thGrade School Counselor Denise James. “But these seniors have set attainable goals and remaind focused throughout everything, and they’re seeing all of their hard work from not only this spring, but all four years of their high school careers, pay off in dividends.”
James, a 20-year high school counseling veteran, has been a leading force in the school’s college admissions process. Last year, the school’s top student, Antoinette Love, received $3.8 million in scholarships before choosing Eureka College in Illinois. This year’s IHSNO top scholarship students is Ajah Dudley who is on pace to receive more than $5 million in scholarships.
“I started applying in September, and just kept applying and applying until my tiny mailbox at home was suddenly overflowing with letter after letter and dozens of scholarship offers,” said Dudley who is a native New Orleanian looking foward to begin her college career this fall. Love’s mail carrier is still delivering letters and scholarships as she awaits responses from more universities.
“The hard work of these seniors and Ms. James is a testament to hard work and setting the bar very high,” said ISHNO Head of School Sean Wilson. “Every year our students are earning more scholarships and receive more college acceptance letters than ever, and this year’s class of 2020 has raised the stakes.”
About International High School of New Orleans
The International High School of New Orleans (IHSNO) is a public, college preparatory charter school located in the Central Business District open to all Louisiana residents.
IHSNO is one of the few high schools in New Orleans offering students the opportunity to participate in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP). The IBDP is recognized and respected by the world’s leading universities for its ability to encourage students to think broadly, beyond the boundaries of their communities, and to develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills needed to live, learn and work in a global economy. Students in the IBDP are more likely to get university acceptance, qualify for scholarships, and succeed in their post-secondary educational endeavors. Through the IBDP, IHSNO students gain excellent breadth and depth of knowledge, excel in their academic subjects, and thrive intellectually, emotionally and ethically.
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