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A group of women and girls stand in front of a mural on a painted brick wall. The group is holding a large ceremonial check for $500 made out to Alger B Wilkins HS from Fayetteville Technical Community College.

FTCC Student Learning Center Director Kareka Chavis, Alger B. Wilkins HS Principal Dr. Valerie Johnson-Martin, students Brianna McDougald, Makayla Buckner, Ayana Smith-Conner, Cyana Hubbard-Privott and FTCC SLC facilitator Dr. Katanya Foust hold the check representing FTCC’s donation to the high school’s Sponsor A Senior program. [Brad Losh photo]

FTCC staff members stopped by Alger B. Wilkins High School today to deliver $500 towards the Warriors’ Sponsor A Senior program.

Sponsor A Senior invites community members to donate funds to cover the costs of graduation caps and gowns, as well as senior dues. Alger B. Wilkins High School Principal, Dr. Valerie Johnson-Martin, said the school aims to get those expenses covered for each of its 112 seniors.

“This helps get us closer to our goal,” Johnson-Martin said.

Donating on behalf of FTCC were Dr. Mark Sorrells, Dr. DeSandra Washington, Loutricia Nelson, Mary DiRisio, Elizabeth Self, Marvin Price, Kareka N. Chavis, Socorro I. Diaz, Brenda Harris, Dr. Katanya Foust, Mary Tuley, Dr. Derwin Campbell and Stefanie Painter.

The group’s donation will provide caps and gowns for eight seniors.

If you’re interested in donating to the Sponsor A Senior program, contact ABWHS at 910-864-5438 or

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