De La Salle Senior Named National African American Scholar

Congratulations go out to senior Xavier Omozokpia, who was named a National African American Scholar and invited to be a part of the National African American Recognition Program. 

Omozokpia was in the top 2.5% of African-American PSAT test-takers, given in October 2019. The PSAT, administered to sophomores and juniors nationwide, serves as the qualifying test for juniors for various national awards, including National Merit scholarships. 

“Xavier has the rare combination of being intelligent and an extremely hard worker,” said Mr. Aaron Wladischkin, who teaches Social Studies and has taught Omozokpia in three different classes. “His commitment to his education is unparalleled, and his leadership brings the class up as well. He has never done subpar work.”  

Counselor Mr. Anthony Albani also has high praise for Omozokpia. “He is one of the best students who has blessed our hallways and classrooms,” Albani said. “Wherever he goes, he will be successful and add to any college or community.” 

In addition to being a student in the International Baccalaureate Program, Omozokpia is a member of the De La Salle National Honor Society and participates in Robotics and Track and Field. He uses his time to tutor in Spanish, volunteers with Meals on Wheels in Detroit, and enjoys playing video games and working on cars. 

He plans to attend Kettering University, Flint, and pursue studies in mechanical engineering. During the summer of 2020, Omozokpia participated in an online program offered by Kettering. 

“The AIM program helped prepare me for the type of college courses I am most likely to take,” he said. “It helped me make connections with those in the college.”

De La Salle helped him to prepare for his journey ahead. “My time at De La Salle has been an amazing experience that will leave a lasting impact on my life,” Omozokpia said.

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