CLASS OF 2016
CLASS OF 2018...
PENN STATE UNIVERSITY (Abington),
Majoring in Communications
F-A.COM: What were your plans after graduating from Frankford in 2016?
LAQUANA: I attended Lackawanna College and received my associates degree in Sports Management in 2018. I' plan to get my bachelor's degree in communications from Penn State University.
When I graduated from Lackawanna, Penn State didn't offer sports management. I chose communications because I'm an extrovert. I love playing all kinds of sports, working with children and talking to people. I have a bubbly personality that would do well in broadcasting. I hope to one day work for the sports broadcasting network, ESPN.
F-A.COM: What activities were you involved in at Frankford?
LAQUANA: I played girls softball, soccer, basketball and boys JV football as an offensive player. I was also a drummer in the marching band. During the summer months, I work as a life guard. I teach swimming lessons and train kids in basketball, football and other sports.
F-A.COM: How did Frankford prepare you for adulthood?
LAQUANA: By building relationships with students and teachers. Some of the teachers went above and beyond with students they saw potential in. Frankford has teachers who go out of their way to listen and help any way they can. I had a relationship with Dr. Calderone, he was my middle school principal. He and Ms. Armstrong, my English teacher, inspired me to work hard and pursue my dreams. She also prepared me for life. We still talk everyday.
F-A.COM: What were some of your memorable moments at Frankford?
LAQUANA: 1. Senior year basketball...we made the semi-finals. 2. Became Player-of-the-Year. 3. I was a drummer in the marching band.
F-A.COM: What advice would you give today's Frankford students?
LAQUANA: As a freshman, I get that you're young, but if you decide to play sports for a college, you can't fall behind academically. Those freshman year grades count. Don't follow the crowd. Be your own leader. Become the person people want to follow in the right direction.
F-A.COM: It's 2016 at Frankford, you time-traveled back six years with today's knowledge and experience. How would you be different?
LAQUANA: I'd be in school everyday and work harder in my classes, especially as a freshmen. I missed a lot of school freshmen year, so I spent sophmore, junior and senior years re-taking classes I failed. That's why I had to attend junior college and not a Division 1 college.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Division I colleges are generally the biggest. They have the largest athletic department budgets and their sports teams generate the most revenue. All of the schools that participate in bowl games and March Madness are Division I schools.
F-A.COM: I met you at the 113th Pioneer Award Ceremony.
LAQUANA: It's great to see the alumni who attend the Pioneer Award assembly. I currently work full-time at Frankford as a special education aide.
F-A.COM: What advice would you give the alumni association in reaching out to New Millennium alumni?
LAQUANA; Have a presence on all the social media, especially Tik Tok and Instagram. You'll reach the Millennials and GenZ there.