Get to know our graduates.
Ninety percent of MOST alumni attend college. Others join the military or begin working in their communities. Below are just a few of our graduates who continue to make the most of every opportunitity.
Kyle Summers, PhD
Kyle graduated from Bishop Byrne High School in 2004. He went on to completed his bachelor's degree in biology at Christian Brothers University and his doctorate in biomedical sciences at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center. Kyle is now a science instructor at Memphis University School. Previously, he taught STEM at Margolin Hebrew Academy. Kyle also has coached cross-country and served as a National Science Olympiad judge.
A 2007 graduate of Harding Academy, Britney has a bachelor's and a master's degree in social work from Baylor University and the University of Pennsylvania, respectively. She taught middle school for three years through Teach for America and now teaches African American History at Harding Academy. In 2016, she created JUICE Orange Mound, a nonprofit that serves the Memphis neighborhood where she grew up, and she continues to serve as its executive director. (Photo: Mary Kate Steele for StyleBlueprint)
After graduating from Immaculate Conception Cathedral School in 2007, Toraneka completed a B.A. in applied psychology at Christian Brothers University. After volunteering for Lasallian Volunteers in Chicago, she went to graduate school at Northwestern University, where she completed an M.A. in mental health counseling. Toraneka is now a clinical therapist at Willis Counseling and Consulting in the Greater Chicago area.
Jean Francois Mahoro
A 2004 graduate of Memphis Catholic High School, Jean Francois was one of MOST's first scholarship recipients in 1998. He holds a B.S. in computer engineering from the University of Memphis, where he was the chapter president of the National Society of Black Engineers. He is the K-12 Curriculum & Instruction Manager and an instructor at CodeCrew, a nonprofit that enables underrepresented youth to become tech innovators through hands-on computer science education. Previously, he was a senior software developer with Cook Systems International.
After graduating from Macon Road Baptist School in 2010, Shunise attended Vanderbilt University on a full scholarship. In 2014, she completed her bachelor's degree in psychology and a combined second major in Spanish and Portuguese. She is currently a doctoral student at the American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University in Washington, D.C. After completing her Psy.D., she would like to work as part of an integrative health-care team.
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The 2008 valedictorian of Margolin Hebrew Academy, Yonadav completed a bachelor's in finance from New York University. In 2013, after a brief stint in investment banking, he and a former coworker founded Empire Biscuit, a 24-hour eatery in New York City. Two years later, he left the business and moved to San Francisco, where he worked for both Twitter and Google. Yonadav now works for Crunchyroll, an anime streaming service owned by WarnerMedia, as a senior manager on the Global Partnerships and Content Strategy team.
After graduating from St. Agnes Academy in 2012, Sharnell became the first person in her family to go to college. She attended the University of Arkansas, where she completed a B.S. in human environmental science, apparel merchandising, and product development and a minor in retail. While at Arkansas, she was a Black Alumni Society Scholar, president of the Black Students Association, and a summer intern at the Sam’s Club home office. Sharnell now works as a business management associate at General Mills.
A 2010 graduate of St. George's Independent School, Kadarrious completed a bachelor's degree in business and finance from Tennessee State University. While at TSU, he was a member of the first class to graduate from the Collegiate Citizen Police Academy, which is organized by the Nashville Metro Police Department. Still in Nashville, he works as a senior benefits coordinator for Senior Life Services.