2018 – Macon, Georgia
Naa Adorkor Allotey graduated from Mount de Sales Academy in Macon, Georgia, where she was valedictorian. Academically, she was president of her school’s National Honor Society, was the recipient of the Telegraph Golden Eagle in Math, and was a Middle Georgia STAR Student and Regional Champion. Naa Adorkor also participated in athletics, community service, and many other extracurricular activities. She was on the varsity swimming and varsity track and field teams, competed in state competitions for both, and won the GISA Coaches Association Academic/Athlete Award (Class AAA).
Naa Adorkor plans to continue her volunteer work here at Duke. Believing in the importance of giving back to her community and loving to work with children, Naa Adorkor volunteered for Adopt-A-Role (ARM) Model, an organization that works with African American youth from single-mother homes. She tutored, fundraised, and organized events. She received a Certificate of Recognition from Macon’s mayor for her work with Adopt-A-Role Model. Not only did her time with ARM fuel her dream to one day set up a non-profit 501c3 to help disadvantaged inner-city children, but also it firmly reinforced her profound appreciation of education and taught her the importance of a supportive community. Therefore, Naa Adorkor plans to work with high school students in the Durham area, tutoring and encouraging them to pursue STEM fields. She also will get involved in an environmental club.
At Duke, Naa Adorkor aims to major in Biomedical Engineering as a pre-med student. She looks forward to having the opportunity to get involved in anything that interests her, participate in research, and learn many new things, and become more socially aware through her contact with people of many cultures and backgrounds here at Duke. She is a member of Duke’s NSBE chapter and her dorm’s intramural soccer team. Naa Adorkor values education, generosity, cooperation, and environmental conservation. In her future beyond Duke, Naa Adorkor envisions herself working as an inventor/doctor, raising awareness of common health hazards and issues.
Naa Adorkor is amazingly honored to be a Reginaldo-Howard Scholar, and will strive to truly deserve the title of scholar and to honor the legacy of Reginaldo Howard.