Celebrating Our 2017 Graduating Seniors

We will be posting a new graduating senior profile each day leading up to May 26, the last day for seniors.
Graduating Senior:

Deborah Abena Konadu Acheampong
Randallstown High School

Tell us about a teacher, assignment, field trip, or extracurricular activity that had a significant impact on you during your years as a BCPS student?

Mr. Howard, my physical education instructor, has had a significant impact on me during my two years as a BCPS student. As a junior, beginning my search for colleges, at times I doubted that I could get into my first choice university because of my ethnic background and SAT scores. However, Mr. Howard advised me to never let my restricted thoughts determine how far I will go, and to always hold onto the littlest faith I have. Because of his advice and words of encouragement, when I entered my senior year, I was able to look beyond my worries and apply to my desired schools. I am now able to say that I have been accepted and will enroll at the University of Maryland, College Park, which was my primary choice for enrollment this fall.  I was also accepted to Howard University, UMBC, Morgan State University, Salisbury University, St. Mary’s College of MD, Towson University, Virginia Commonwealth University, and West Virginia University.

During your years as a BCPS student, what did you accomplish that you are most proud of? 

During my years as a BCPS student, one accomplishment that I am most proud of is my enrollment in six AP courses, an opportunity that was not presented to me at my previous high school in Howard County. I was told by other AP students that the courses are very arduous and almost impossible to pass. With these comments, I enrolled in AP courses believing that I was on the path to failure. However as I complete my high school journey, my success in AP courses has helped me to enhance my perseverance, diligence, and has dismissed all of the critical views I initially had.

What’s next for you? What are your college or employment plans immediately after graduation?

After I graduate from Randallstown High School, I plan on attending the University of Maryland, College Park. There, I will be an active member in the Scholars Program as well as become involved in extracurricular activities. In addition, I plan to major in biomedical engineering and graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in biomedical engineering.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

In 10 years, I see myself completing graduate school with a master’s degree in biomedical engineering. After attaining my degree, I will begin to look for a job centered on biomedical engineering or potentially work at a hospital or a university as a licensed biomedical engineer. While doing that, I hope to serve my community by helping high school juniors and seniors to better prepare for what lies ahead of them after high school. I was fortunate enough to have adults at Randallstown High School help me prepare for college and I believe it’s necessary to offer the same opportunity to students who may not have that support.

“Randallstown High School senior Deborah A. Acheampong has exemplified the high ideals of ethics and civility. Deborah is always cognizant of how she is perceived by adults and students alike. Her honesty and respect for all things appropriate distinguish her from many of her peers. When faced with difficulty, she has been able to problem solve while maintaining accountability. As a transfer student in school year 2015 – 2016, Deborah consistently demonstrated a positive attitude and enthusiasm for success despite challenges inside and outside of the classroom. As a result of her steadfast commitment to excellence, Deborah has earned acceptance to her top three selected institutions of higher learning. Moreover, Deborah has received acceptance from each of the nine colleges/universities for which she has applied. Deborah’s personal and academic integrity makes her an exemplar of character education and academic progress. Deborah represents the strength, courage and motivation reflected in Randallstown High School’s mission and vision.”

Aubrey Brown, principal, and Michael Jones, assistant principal

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