Arkell Johnson recently moved into his first college dorm at the University of South Carolina-Salkehatchie with help from his mother, Aretha Green, and site coordinators, Claudia Aldamuy and Jamila Green.
Arkell is attending University of South Carolina-Salkehatchie to receive a bachelor’s degree and play soccer for the school. He is a recipient of the Bobby J. Jacobs Jr., “Turn Your Life Around” Fund managed by the Central Carolina Community Foundation, the Rhitte Gettone “Leading By Example” Scholarship and the Dorian Mendez-Vaz Leadership Scholarship. His hard work in the classroom is not unnoticed and it is exciting to see his ambition to further his education.
Arkell has been a participant in the Communities In Schools dropout prevention program for six years. Site coordinators, Susan Key and Claudia Aldamuy, have known Arkell blossom into the hardworking, disciplined, and creative student he truly is.
“Arkell opened up socially and emotionally throughout his high school experience, which makes me excited about his career in college.” Jamila Green, Columbia High School (CHS) site coordinator said. Chess Club was an opportunity to open new doors to Arkell, where he played along with CISM peer Chris Shells.
Arkell is not only receiving a normal college experience, but is excelling in all areas as a student. His mother noticed the additional resources provided for students like Arkell, where he now has a wallet to put his USC student ID in.
Arkell is one of 20 Columbia High School graduates who are going to seek future education through college, technical school, military, or immediate career paths. This is just the beginning of Arkell’s career and a great moment of achievement.