2021 Louvenia Johnson Scholarship Recipients

February 25, 2021

Janae Adams is a senior at Rufus King International High School where she has earned a 4.1 cumulative grade point average during her first three years. She has been active in Girl Scouts for 13 years and is a member of the National Honor Society, Advanced Orchestra, Swim Team and Link Crew Freshman Mentor. She has been a volunteer at No Cat Shelter, Feeding America, Hunger Task Force and Praise Dance Ministry at her church. She intends to major in biology and minor in dance. Her goal is to become a veterinarian.

During her high school career, at Madison Academic High School, Trinay Austin earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.8. Trinay challenged herself by among other things, taking advanced placement and college-level courses. She has applied to Concordia University and St. Norbert University where she intends to major in nursing.

Shaylin Crosby hopes to attend either Columbia College in Chicago or Marquette University where she plans on majoring in music or theater. She is a senior at Rufus King International High School where she earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.2. For the past five years, she has dedicated her summers to teaching leadership skills to students at a Girls Scout camp.

Jonillia Davis would like to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering when she enrolls in college. She has applied to Massachusetts Institute of Technology. As a student at Bradley Technical High School, she earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.9. During her high school career, Jonillia participated in debate/forensics, student leadership council, advisory council, basketball, tennis, track and field, book club and Skills, USA.

Throughout her high school career Anyiah Lobley said she was driven by two goals: to excel academically and to discover a compelling potential career. Anyiah is a “deep thinker and an exceptional writer,” according to her AP Literature and Composition instructor at Golda Meir High School. She earned a cumulative grade point average of 4.1 and she hopes to compose, produce, direct and act in film and on stage.

Monica Slade studied at Academy of Dance Arts in Brown Deer for four years. As a dancer, she stands out for awareness and willingness to challenge dance as an art form for all people, according to her instructor. She will graduate from Nicolet High School where she earned a cumulative 3.9 grade point average. Monica hopes to study dance at either Columbia College in Chicago or Rutgers University.

Davidi Alepembwe was born and raised for most of his life in Tanzania, which is located near the Equator in East Africa. For a while after he left Tanzania, Davidi lived in a refugee camp where he could not afford to attend school. In the short time he has known him, his Advanced Composition teacher at Bradley Tech High School became convinced that Davidi “is doing everything he can to make a better life for himself.” He has a 3.7 cumulative grade point average.

Stephawn Easley is a scholar/ athlete, community volunteer, committed to making a difference in the world and “a young gentleman in every way,” according to one of his mentors with the Milwaukee chapter of Top Teens of America. Stephawn attended University School of Milwaukee where he earned a 2.8 cumulative grade point average. He has applied to UW-Whitewater and Bethel University and intends to major in either business administration or sports management.

His active participation and well-rounded hobbies and interests demonstrate that Leroy Hope is serious about his education and community, according to a talent search advisor with UW-Milwaukee. He will graduate from Milwaukee School of Languages High School where he compiled a 4.0 cumulative grade point average. Leroy is fluent in English and Spanish and served as president of the National Honor Society chapter at Milwaukee School of Languages H.S. He has applied to UW-Madison and Marquette University and intends to major in finance.

Jakobie Jackson “has a passion and natural talent for the performing arts,” according to his AP Literature and Composition instructor at Golda Meir High School where he has compiled a 2.9 cumulative grade point average. He has performed in numerous plays and musicals not only at school, but also with various community groups. He has applied to the University of Minnesota Twin Cities and UW-Milwaukee where he hopes to major in either biology or marketing.

His “ability to grasp complex information, inherent desire to learn, intrinsic motivation and ownership of his academic performance ” place Jalen Reed among the top 10 percent of his peers, according to his 11th-grade Anatomy and Physiology instructor at Rufus King International High School where Jalen compiled a 3.1 cumulative grade point average. Jalen has applied to Concordia University in St. Paul, Minnesota and Marquette University. He plans on majoring in either kinesiology or sports management.

Joshua Wilder is the 2021 Lester L. Carter, Jr., Scholarship Honoree. He is interested in pursuing a degree in engineering and has applied to UW-Madison and Marquette University. Joshua earned a 4.3 cumulative grade point average as a student at Riverside University High School. He sets ambitious goals for himself and develops detailed plans to achieve those goals, according to his talent search advisor.