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August & September 2019 Students of the Month

Student of the Month 2019 Ella Blackmore

Ella Blackmore | Middle College High School

Our August 2019 DPS Student of the Month is Ella Blackmore from Middle College High School at Durham Technical Community College.

Blackmore is a rising senior who is extremely active in the community. She is known for her work with the Youth in Action Club and the schools’ student-produced news show MC360. She is also a member of the National Honor Society and Parent Teacher Student Association

In her spare time, you can find Blackmore volunteering alongside other Middle College students during sporting events at one of the Duke University concession stands helping to raise money for the school. She has also volunteered with several local organizations including Ronald McDonald House, Keep Durham Beautiful, and Meals on Wheels.

When asked, English teacher Scott Michaels describes Blackmore as simply “Awesome.” Others describe her as “positive, kind to her peers and very diligent.”

As for the future, Blackmore says that she will remain at Durham Technical Community College for one year after graduation. As for her career goals, she is interested in studying to be a genetic counselor and possibly an actress.

We are proud of Ella Blackmore's accomplishments and look forward to honoring her during our Durham Public Schools Board of Education meeting on Thursday, Sept. 26.


Student of the Month 2019 John Elmenshawi

John Elmenshawi | City of Medicine Academy

Our September 2019 DPS Student of the Month is John Elmenshawi from the City of Medicine Academy.

Elmenshawi is a rising senior at the City of Medicine Academy who is seen as a role model for his peers and who diligently works to balance school, work, and athletics.

Recognized as a leader, Elmenshawi is known for consistently seeking ways to improve himself and never fearing to ask for guidance, support, and a concrete set of action items to advance in his academics.

As a student-athlete, Elmenshawi excels as a member of the Riverside High School Pirates football team.

When not in a class, working or playing football, Elmenshawi can be found working at the schools’ front desk greeting visitors, assisting students and answering phones. 

English teacher Taylor Grace White said, “He is thoughtful, kind, and gracious and one of the most upstanding young men I’ve ever had the pleasure of teaching.”

We are proud of John Elmenshawi’s accomplishments and look forward to honoring him during our Durham Public Schools Board of Education meeting on Thursday, Sept. 26.