Blessen Denney is a volleyball player who was selected her senior year to play on the DC all-star volleyball team. She played volleyball for IDEA for and assisted with IDEA basketball games. During her time at IDEA Blessen received awards for perfect attendance and most improved. She participated in the nine-day civil rights trip through the South with classmates and teachers and completed the Dramatic Solutions internship through the Department of Employment Services. Blessen said her “favorite classes were all of them because they were challenging but I got through them.” A life lesson that she will take away from IDEA is to “always do what you want and never give up.” After graduation, Blessen plans to study social work at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina with the goal of becoming a social worker.