• Donay Lewis, Class of 2021

    Southland’s Class of 2021 is doing such remarkable things with just 1 year of college under their belts!

    The next #SouthlandAlumniSpotlight features proud ‘21 alumna, Donay Lewis who recently checked in with an update on college life in New York as her freshman year just came to a close. Ms. Lewis is actively involved in numerous campus organizations and has also landed her first internship in our nation’s capital, Washington D.C for the summer.

    Read more as she shares just a few of her college career highlights and special opportunities she’s earned thus far an undergraduate student at Hofstra University.

    “I wanted to update you guys on everything I have been doing in my first year of college at Hofstra University! It is amazing and I love it!

    I have been an active member in my school’s community. I am a part of all of the black organizations on campus including the Black Student Union, an advocacy group called Black Leaders Advocating for Change (BLAC), and the NAACP where I recently received a position on the executive board as a historian. Also, I have an on-campus job as a student aid in my school’s art department.

    I’m a political science major and I love it. Although there have been a few rough patches with faculty and students, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed all of the courses I’ve taken so far. Right now, it looks like I am sticking with my major all four years and I recently declared a minor in criminology. There are so many opportunities on campus for people in my field. For example, Trevor Noah came and gave a talk at our school which was absolutely amazing.

    Currently, I’m working a summer internship position in D.C. with Congresswoman Cori Bush’s office and have just started work on the Hill. I started after my spring semester ended and will continue until August 17th. I am so excited about this opportunity!

    I hope you guys enjoyed this update! I miss my Southland family dearly and I plan to visit soon!” - Donay Lewis

    Keep soaring, Donay! We look forward to seeing you soon! Your Southland Family is cheering you on and enjoys watching you succeed in your college journey and life in the Big Apple!

    #SouthlandProud #SouthlandAlumniEagles #HofstraUniversity

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    Delisa Thomas, Class of 2019

    #SouthlandAlumniSpotlight | Delisa Thomas, a Southland College Prep '19 alumna was recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. It's the nation's oldest, most selective, all-discipline collegiate honor society. Ms. Thomas received this remarkable status at the University of Houston where she currently attends.

    Special thanks to eNews Park Forest for highlighting Ms. Thomas' amazing accomplishment. It's our pleasure to witness our #SouthlandAlumni embody being 'students of today and leaders of tomorrow' on their paths to success.

    Congratulations, Delisa! We are #SouthlandProud of you!

    Read more on this story from eNews Park Forest below.

    #SouthlandAlumniSuccessStories #EaglesSoar | #eNewsParkForest | Village of Park Forest

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    Emily Aguirre, Class of 2016

    #SouthlandAlumniSpotlight #IntheNews    | Congratulations to Emily Aguirre, a soaring Class of 2016 Southland alumna who received a master's degree in business analytics from Governors State University on Saturday.  

    In 2020, Emily graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she earned her bachelor's of science degree in technical systems management. She currently serves as a hardware software technician for Matteson School District 162 and Southland College Prep.

    We are #SouthlandProud of you, Emily! We're excited to see what the next chapter holds for you and our other alumni who are taking on the world by storm.

    Emily's unique higher education journey was recently chronicled by the Chicago Tribune's Daily Southtown.

    Check out the full story here: https://bit.ly/3Pm0aj8.

       SOUTHLAND ALUMNI:   Have you also recently earned a degree?! DM us and share your graduation photos! We want to congratulate you, spread the word about your academic success, and inspire our rising Southland eagles!   

     : @governors_state | @chicagotribune

    #SouthlandSoars #GraduationSeason #ExcellenceistheExpectation

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    Taylor Tyler, Class of 2016

    #SouthlandAlumniSpotlight    | Way to champion the definition of being a true "leader of tomorrow” Taylor Tyler — Southland alum and University of Dayton School of Law student. You are paving the way to further diversify the field of law for future African American lawyers. We are #SouthlandProud of you!

    "Less than 2% of lawyers are Black women. We play a critical part in achieving the goal of ensuring justice for all by eliminating stereotypes and bias in decision making while creating a more inclusive culture in the legal profession."

    - Taylor Tyler, '22,

    BLSA Sergeant at Arms


    #BlackHistoryMonth #UDaytonLaw

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    Terrence “TJ” Mayfield, Class of 2019

    #SouthlandAlumniSpotlight    | Congratulations to Terrence “TJ” Mayfield on being selected as a Robert G. Bone Scholar at Illinois State University!   This distinguished award is the highest honor ISU bestows on its students in which only 14 are chosen for each year. TJ is a proud Southland College Prep alum from the Class of 2019. He’s currently double majoring in Acting and Theater Teacher Education, with an endorsement in Mathematics Education at Illinois State.

    Mr. Mayfield reflects more on his rise to success at ISU and what his journey at Southland has taught him.

    “Receiving the Bone Scholarship was something I thought I could never do. My goal upon entering Illinois State was simply to make connections and grow in my abilities as a performer. To go from that goal, to this accolade, within only 3 years of my education creates an exceptional reminder to myself that my work, talent, blood, sweat, tears, tenacity and drive can carry me well beyond the bounds of my own goals.

    I’d definitely say the fire that Southland lit under me to use my voice, not only socially, but academically, is one thing I've taken away from my Southland experience. Throughout Southland, I learned that I had to develop a voice that not only spoke loud, but one with the ability to rise above other talented, worthy voices. Developing my voice early, and using it to stand my ground, advocate for myself, and create space for other voices has shaped a massive portion of my educational experience. I even had to use this voice to find the opportunity to apply for the Bone Scholarship.

    My journey, though still continuing, is raising me into the fullest, most complete form of myself. It wasn’t until I started growing with my experiences that I truly took advantage of the opportunities education has to offer, and I haven’t looked back since.”

    - TJ Mayfield, Illinois State University, ‘23.

    During his time at ISU, Mayfield also enjoys being a student athlete and serving in multiple leadership positions such as Black Artists League Co-President, Playback Theatre Vice President, and National Forensics Association Junior Representative.

    You’re doing a fantastic job, TJ. Thanks for checking in with your Southland Family. We are #SouthlandProud of you! Continue to soar!   

    #SouthlandAlumniSuccessStories #EaglesSoar #ISUBoneScholar

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