Shawanda Blackmon is pictured below (right) while a STARBASE student in 2012. She is holding her team’s seat for an egg that serves as a space shuttle passenger. She is pictured (left) as she accepts her high school diploma from Ms. Gonzalez-Edwards, Riverside University High School Principal.
marker to measure the program’s impact and progress as they serve the community. Twenty-eight percent of the 2012 STARBASE Wisconsin Alumni class graduated from Milwaukee Public High Schools and an additional nine percent are still enrolled in high school.
Westside Academy Alumni include the Wisconsin program’s first graduate, Shawanda Blackmon. Ms. Isberner, her teacher at Westside Academy, stated “Shawanda was a hardworking and inquisitive student who benefited from attending the STARBASE program.” Shawanda graduated from Riverside University School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. As a high schooler, she was active serving her peers as a Specialty Advisor on Student Council in which she assisted council officers in fulfilling their roles.
She also participated in several sports including Basketball, Softball, and Volleyball. Chloe Black, her high school basketball coach, highly regards her, “Shawanda maintained a positive attitude throughout the entire season. Regardless of the obstacle that presented itself's in practice or during game time, she always remained optimistic! That is one thing that I appreciated! I am wishing her the best of luck in her journey.”
Shawanda plans to attend Marian University in Wisconsin and major in Nursing. She earned two academic scholarships for completing her undergraduate studies. Her goal is to work in pediatric nursing. “[STARBASE] made science fun to learn,” Blackmon said. “I didn’t really have an interest in science before attending STARBASE.”