MPS students top PEOPLE field

Earlier this month, 11 MPS students were honored as the Best of the Best in the UW-Madison PEOPLE program. PEOPLE, which stands for Pre-college Enrichment Opportunity Program for Learning Excellence, is a pipeline for students of color and low-income students, most of whom will become first-generation college students. The PEOPLE journey prepares students to successfully apply to and enroll at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Each summer, the PEOPLE field is narrowed down to the Best of the Best, an honor for students with a 3.7 GPA or above who have demonstrated excellence in leadership, community and family service, and academic performance.

The 2013 Best of the Best class of PEOPLE scholars

The 2013 Best of the Best class of PEOPLE scholars

Of this year’s field of 32 Best of the Best, 11 are MPS students: Sabria Borom (Rufus King High School); Maria Cerda (Ronald Reagan High School); Adetola Coker (Rufus King) Xong Chang, (South Division High School); Alexandra Espada (Ronald Reagan); Stephan Guma (Rufus King); Cheng Fu Hang (Rufus King); Nhu Quynh Nguyen (Ronald Reagan); Coty Weathersby (Rufus King); Cherubim C. Yang (Rufus King); and Vang Yang (Rufus King).

From that group, Adetola Coker was selected as the female Paul Barrows Winner. Congratulations to all the MPS students who were honored by the PEOPLE program!

The 2013 female Paul Barrows winner, MPS’ Adetola Coker (right), with the male winner, John Yang from Verona Area High School.

The 2013 female Paul Barrows winner, MPS’ Adetola Coker (right), with the male winner, John Yang from Verona Area High School.

Left to right: Jacqueline Dewalt, PEOPLE executive director; John Yang (Verona High School), 2013 Paul Barrows Recipient; Carl Wesley, PEOPLE assistant director; Adetola Coker (Rufus King High School), Paul Barrows Recipient; Dr. Damon Williams, former UW-Madison assistant provost and chief diversity officer (currently global vice president of Boys and Girls Clubs of America).

Left to right: Jacqueline Dewalt, PEOPLE executive director; John Yang (Verona High School), 2013 Paul Barrows Recipient; Carl Wesley, PEOPLE assistant director; Adetola Coker (Rufus King High School), Paul Barrows Recipient; Dr. Damon Williams, former UW-Madison assistant provost and chief diversity officer (currently global vice president of Boys and Girls Clubs of America).