On Friday, October 12, 2012, a distinguished group of alumni from Classes 1954 to 1965 presented a Motivational Seminar to 200 Leadership and Innovation Academy students. In collaboration with Principal Antonio Hurt and Major Roland (JROTC Staff), the seminar’s organizer David F. Mack ‘1962 – Lead Team Coordinator and seminar organizer brought together panelists to share their experiences and how Frederick Douglass High School provided their foundation for success. Panelists shared their knowledge and the skill sets required to become lifelong thinkers and learners. The seminar was presented in two sessions; the first to students in the Innovation Academy and the second to Leadership Academy students. In addition to students, an invitation was extended to alumni, parents, friends and the community.
The assembly’s purpose, in conjunction with Dr. Hurt’s 21st Century objectives, was to provide a link between the past, present and future through mentorship, fellowship, leadership, citizenship and entrepreneurship knowledge. According to Mr. Mack, in the quest for success and to continue to produce giants in all areas of life, “it is important for the present and future Frederick Douglass High School generations to know that “we are them, and they are us”.
Program participants included:
David Mack ‘1962 – Team Lead – Ceramic Artist, Coach, Educator, Logistics Research & Dev. – United States Army
Dr. Joe Ponds ‘1963 –Minister, Memory Expert, Vietnam Helicopter Pilot, Coast Guard Search & Rescue
The Honorable Judge Bonita Dancy ‘1963 – Baltimore City Circuit Court – Juvenile, Law
Albert (Tuck) Hayes, Esq. ‘1954 – Former Howard County Board Commissioner
Warfield Wood ‘1962 – FBI/NCIS, Law Enforcement Officer
Dr. Clyburn Soden, Col, USAR, Ret. ‘1963 – Dermatologist
Dr. Shelia Jessup ‘1963- Outreach Ministry – Educator, Special Education
Roland Nicholson, Esq. ‘1965 – Consul Election Law, CEO Fortune Soc., Ordained Minister, Jazz Bassist
Jackie Bass Wiley ‘1963, Assistant Athletic Director, Former Physical Ed Teacher Douglass & Dunbar High Schools
Sylvester Wiley, ‘1963, Defense Contractor, Inventor-Military Small Arms Designer
Eugene Lambert ‘1962, Major – United States Army, Retired, Mathematician, DuPont Corp. Adjunct Prof-Delaware State
Seminar participants and guests were greeted and given a tour of the Alumni Office by Robert Rhodes ‘1970 and Rudolph Horried ‘F1953.
At the beginning of each session, a special presentation and unveiling was made to the Athletic Department – a commemorative bust of late Coach Sidney Carter, the former Frederick Douglass High School Football and Wresting coach.
The seminar concluded both sessions with the singing of the school song.