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The Washington, D.C. Beat the Odds® program honors outstanding high school students from the Washington, D.C. area who have overcome tremendous adversity, demonstrated academic excellence and given back to their communities. Started in 1990, the program identifies and rewards young people who have experienced great hardship in their lives and supports and trains them to become future adult leaders.
Dajanae Dennis – Northwood High School: Silver Spring, MD
Dieudonne Kazzembe – Francis L. Cardozo Education Campus: Washington, DC
Sarah O’Shay – Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology: Alexandria, VA
Danitza Verano Roman – Northwood High School: Silver Spring, MD
Pei-Lin Betty Xiong – Colonel Zodak Magruder High School: Rockville, MD
Elsa Serrano Arita – Herndon High School: Herndon, VA
Jonathan Benitez – Washington Latin Public Charter School: Washington, D.C.
Christian Ndaye – Cardozo Education Campus: Washington, D.C.
Tallya Rhodes – H.D. Woodson Senior High School: Washington, D.C.
Khalis Williams – Oxon Hill High School: Oxon Hill, MD