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DPS Student of the Month: Angel Lucas

With an entourage of friends and family in tow, Middle College High School senior Angel Lucas was named the Durham Public Schools Student of the Month for August at the Aug. 23 board of education meeting.

As a Middle College High student, Angel is dually enrolled at both Middle College and Durham Technical Community College. She is thriving in both environments. At Middle College Angel is actively engaged in her coursework and always makes the effort to explore and apply information beyond the classroom setting. She doesn’t let challenges or barriers get in her way as she will do whatever is necessary to find a solution.

At Durham Tech Angel made the Dean’s List last semester and has been inducted into Durham Tech’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, an international honor society recognizing academic achievement.

“I wanted to go to Middle College for my junior and senior year to be able to take full advantage of earning college credits for free while I was still in high school,” Angel said. “I also feel like I am very mature for my age and that Middle College offered me the opportunities I need to make the most of my education.”

Once she graduates in June, Angel’s first choice would be to attend Spelman College in Atlanta and pursue a degree in math.  Eventually she would like to also get a law degree to serve as an attorney and eventually a judge.

Angel credits her parents for their continuous support for her success in school.

“My parents have always been phenomenal mentors to me.  They have not only always encouraged me to do whatever I put my mind to, but also always have my back,” said Angel. “I think they are the perfect example of how having involved parents can really make a positive impact on their child’s education.”

In addition to school, Angel spend time volunteering in the community, singing and playing drums for her church and working part-time at The Streets of Southpoint.

According to the selection team, Angel was selected as Student of the Month because, “Angel always has a smile on her face. Her joyful presence in our learning environment contributes to a contagious positive outlook.”