The third graduating class of Delta Streets Academy will be recognized Thursday in a ceremony at Westminster Presbyterian Church, starting at 7 p.m.

The school will graduate eight young men with another two who hope to earn their GED certificates.

Narada Smith, 18, will be the valedictorian of the class, graduating with a GPA of 3.8 on a 4-point scale.

Narada Smith


A spokes-man for the school said Monday that the salutatorian of the class had yet to be determined.

Smith will attend Mississippi State University in Starkville in the fall. He’ll major in civil engineering with hopes of becoming a civil engineer.

The valedictorian address by Smith will be on the topic of “encouraging fellow students to appreciate the past as we look to the future.”

Delta Streets Academy was formed from an after-school program aimed at helping young men from at-risk neighborhoods. It opened in August 2012 with 14 students in seventh and eighth-grade classes. It has grown every year and graduated its first high-school class in 2016.

The school promotes itself as teaching “the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and the skills needed to live a life that honors God.”

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