Charlotte Preparatory School parents and teachers will honor the class of 2017 at a graduation ceremony on Wednesday, June 7. They will also welcome back a special guest. Michelle Charles, an alumna of the school’s class of 2013 who herself graduated from Charlotte Latin School on May 26, will give the commencement address.
This fall, Michelle will attend Villanova University as the recipient of the Presidential Scholarship, a merit-based full tuition award for students who are “transformational leaders both on and off campus” and have “demonstrated a love of learning and a commitment to enhancing both their local and broader civic communities.”
“Charlotte Prep gave me the chance to grow and succeed not only in academics but also sports, fine arts and as a person,” said Michelle. “I left Charlotte Prep a confident young woman well prepared for high school. I look forward to sharing my experiences with students who will soon take this next step in life.”
Michelle continued to grow and succeed at Charlotte Latin, where she earned Cum Laude Society and Headmaster’s List academic awards and membership in the National Spanish Honor Society.She was inducted into the Charlotte Latin Service Society and received the Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony Award for Commitment to Social Justice for her leadership in the student-led Mosaic Diversity Club and the Black Student Alliance, which she co-founded. As a peer advisor, Michelle was one of 15 upperclassmen selected to give guidance to first-year students on navigating high school. At graduation, she received the Headmaster's Award, the most prestigious honor awarded to a Charlotte Latin graduate.
The well-rounded student played on Charlotte Latin’s varsity basketball team and performed in two upper school musicals.