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Profiles in resilience

By Erika Rae Whitehead andUmarah Mughnee
On August 5, 2014
Carolyn Brown and family

Brown is all smiles at her graduation.

Carolyn Brown, another Ballou S.T.A.Y. graduate, received her high school diploma as well as the Lifetime Learning Award. The 66 year old DC resident decided to go back to high school in October 2013, to go to college to study horticulture or nursing.

Looking to set a good example for her three children (Paul David Wade, Victoria Amanda Saunteroy and Theron Mcklin Brown), the single mother has been the caretaker for her family.

Widowed after her second marriage 10 years ago, Brown has endured multiple surgeries including hip-replacement surgery, with a potential shoulder surgery in the works). Brown dropped out of  high school to raise her first child, Paul David Wade. Before enrolling at Ballou S.T.A.Y, Brown worked at the Marriot Hotel, Washington Hotel and Whole Foods, holding jobs like banquet waiter, banquet captain, bartender, team member, and supervisor.

At 66, Brown said osteoarthritis is taking its toll on her body, but she intends to press forward. 

“I keep an open mind so God will keep sending things my way,”  Brown said.

Brown is searching grants and scholarships to attend the college of her choice. In the meantime, this DC resident is enjoying growing basil on her front porch and sewing.

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