Portraits of Success

A Legacy of Success

Average High School Graduation Rate in 2014: The Guardian was 94%, DCPS was 72.1%, State of FL was 75%

The children who attend The Guardian Catholic Schools typically face steep challenges—with the majority hailing from single-family households and/or economically depressed households. With encouragement and loving discipline, each student is met where they are and patiently guided to achieve their best. Prepared with critical thinking skills, confidence and a lifelong love of learning, more than 90 percent of our alumni go on to graduate high school and go onto pursue higher education.

The Guardian Catholic Schools is justifiably proud of the students that graduate from St. Pius V and Holy Rosary. With a high school graduation rate of more than 90 percent, our schools have a legacy of success and our alumni have a lasting impact in our community. Below, we share just a few of the inspiring stories from our graduates.

 

Charmayne Anderson, Holy Rosary, Class of 2009

charmayne-andersonMy name is Charmayne Anderson, I graduated from Holy Rosary in 2009 and I went on to attend Bishop John Snyder. While at Bishop Snyder, I was able to achieve great academic success, which ultimately led me to getting a scholarship for college from the Leonard Family Foundation. The Guardian Catholic Schools is a major reason I was able to receive this scholarship in the first place.

After graduating from Bishop Snyder in 2013, I went on to attend Florida State University and am majoring in Biological Sciences on a pre-med course track. I am currently preparing for my second year at FSU. I had a very enjoyable and successful first year during which I was able to accomplish a lot of the goals that I had set for myself. In my first semester, I was able to maintain a 4.0 GPA and was put on the President’s List. Additionally, I was invited to join both the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and the Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society.

My goal for my second year at FSU is to not only maintain my grades, but also to make sure that I maintain my community service work and work within the societies that I am now a part of. Likewise, I hope to one day be a positive influence within my community, just as Holy Rosary was to me.

Brandon Campbell, St. Pius, Class of 2003

brandon-campbellBrandon Campbell is an associate at the Fortune Law Offices in Jacksonville Beach. He is a Jacksonville native and graduated from a Guardian institution in 2003, St. Pius Catholic School. He then graduated with high honors from the University of Central Florida in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies. After, he attended the University of Florida College of Law where he graduated in 2014 with honors. While there, he served as the President of the Black Law Students Association, Vice President of the Law College Council and was awarded a Book Award in Trial Practice. He was also a legal intern for the Honorable Timothy J. Corrigan, United States District Court Judge for the Middle District of Florida.

Brandon has served the community via leadership roles in the University of Florida’s Restoration of Civil Rights Project, Blue Chip Athletics of Central Florida, and has been active in the Jacksonville Bar Association. He is also a proud member of Open Arms Christian Fellowship. He aspires to continue to grow professionally and serve the Jacksonville community.

Dr. Tameka Williams, Holy Rosary, Class of 2004

Dr. Tameka Williams-smallDr. Tameka Williams is an alumni of Holy Rosary Catholic School. Tameka attended from 1st-8th, and graduated in 2004 with honors. She participated in sports, (cheerleading, basketball, softball, and soccer), Choir, and Praise Team. Tameka then went on to further her education at Bishop John J. Snyder High School, attending from 9th-12th grades and participating in four sports during her 4 years there (basketball, track, volleyball, and softball). Tameka was a member of the National Honor Society as well as the Spanish Honor Society. Tameka graduated with the highest honor and received the Bright Futures Scholarship.

From there Tameka moved on to Florida A & M University in Tallahassee. She was accepted into the pre-pharmacy program initially and then accepted into the professional pharmacy program in fall of 2011. Tameka completed her studies and recently graduated with a Doctorate of Pharmacy degree this past May.

Dr. Williams has always reflected on her formative and character-building years at Holy Rosary Catholic School. She remembers all of the seeds that were planted in her mind and heart, to help her understand her own moral compass, to live her life with putting God first in everything she does. Starting with the famous 3rd grade poem “I am somebody….” to Faith, Knowledge and Service to others, respecting the dignity of each person human rights.

“It has been a privilege, honor, and blessing for me to have been a student at Holy Rosary Catholic School with the Sisters of Notre Dame, the Dominican Sisters and The redemptorists Brothers . I am grateful for your ministry.” – Dr. Tameka Williams