Reata Randolph of Christiansted graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in Health Care Management from Graceland University, celebrated in a ceremony on April 28 in Lamoni, Iowa.
• Talia Feshbach, daughter of St. Thomas’ Rabbi Michael Feshbach and his wife, Julie Novick, has been awarded a $2,500 National Merit Scholarship. The Merit Scholar designees were chosen from a talent pool of more than 15,000 outstanding finalists in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program. Finalists in each state or territory are judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills and potential for success in rigorous college studies. The number of winners named in each state or territory is proportional to the state’s percentage of the nation’s graduating high school seniors. Talia is a senior at the Peter Gruber International Academy.
• Destiny M. Frett, a graduate of the Charlotte Amalie High School Class of 2016, was presented the Phillips-Perry Black Excellence Award For Outstanding Academic Achievement throughout the 2018-2019 school year at Elon University in Elon, N.C. on April 27. She is a Computer Science major with a minor in Data Science. She is the daughter of Delariise L. Penn King and granddaughter of Elder Dianne Rogers Coaker, Sylvia M. Felix-Penn, Dudley Penn Sr. and Etien O. Frett Sr.
• Kandis Gumbs, who graduated Saturday from Greenville University in Greenville, Ill., with a bachelor’s degree in Commercial Music, has won two awards for her original song, “New Chapters.” The song has won the 2019 Greenville University Music Awards for Best Female Vocalist and Best Original Song of the Year. Her song tells of her personal challenges with accepting the responsibilities of adulthood while showing her dependency on God to sustain her throughout her college years of living more than 5,000 miles away from home.
Kandis was born and raised on St. Thomas, the daughter of James and Gloria Gumbs, owners of G-Clef Music Academy. She graduated from Charlotte Amalie High School in 2013.