Malaysia Johnson, Class of 2019 Valedictorian
Malaysia Johnson served as Battalion Commander of IDEA’s US Army JROTC unit, also serving with honor on the JROTC color guard, academic team, and raider team. She met her closest friends through JROTC, which helped her come out of her shell.
Valedictorian of her class and a principal’s honor roll scholar, Malaysia was also a member of the National Honor Society and pitcher and outfielder on IDEA’s softball team. She worked as an Urban Alliance intern at the George Washington University Hospital and completed college courses through IDEA’s dual enrollment program with the University of the District of Columbia. Malaysia was a Model United Nations delegate and helped organize a schoolwide anti-bullying rally. Through the Global Scholars Foundation, Malaysia studied international cultures and financial literacy and spent two weeks traveling through Australia and the United Arab Emirates.
Malaysia will attend Marshall University to study psychology and medicine and hopes to work as a doctor at the George Washington University Hospital. Malaysia earned educational support including the PEO ERA Scholarship, the David Rubenstein Scholarship from the Economic Club of Washington DC, the John A. Wilson Scholarship from the Global Scholars Foundation, and a scholarship from the Daughters of the American Revolution.
She would like to thank her family, Lori Briscoe, Natalie Hinds, Alexandrea Rich, Tonya Reeves, Teika Thompson, Shelly Karriem, 1SG Useeth Davis, Maj. Terrence Lewis, SFC George Bee, James Gross, Darren Powell, and Faith Brooks for their support and encouragement.