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Bladen Journal Spotlights Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy

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The Bladen Journal has a new spotlight piece out about Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy (PRBLA). The only military charter school in the state, PRBLA serves 214 students in 6th-12th grades in Elizabethtown, NC. Students hail from five counties–Bladen, Cumberland, Hoke, Columbus, and Robinson–and the school provides them with transportation. The school launched over a decade ago, and student graduates have since gone on to do exciting things. Perhaps not surprisingly, a number of them are choosing military service.

A Veterans Day ceremony at Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy. Photo credit: Bladen Journal.

The article highlights the achievements of some recent PRBLA graduates:

The Academy’s ten-year history has seen many alum success stories, with its Cadets becoming college graduates, learning trades, and enlisting in the armed forces. In 2020, PRBLA 2017 graduate, former First Captain Iyanna McAllister graduated from North Carolina A&T State University.  She is working on obtaining her Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology from Bowie State University. Fellow 2017 graduate Starnari Ballard obtained her bachelor’s degree in science from UNC Pembroke and currently works as a science teacher at the Academy.

Former First Captain Tristen Bray, a PRBLA 2020 graduate, will be commissioned as a United States Army officer next month after he graduates from Virginia Military Institute. Jessica Lamb, a PRBLA 2020 graduate, serves in the United States Marine Corps. Keyanna Cann, PRBLA 2019 graduate; Josh White, PRBLA 2022 graduate; Omar Cisse, PRBLA 2022 graduate; and Michael Gillespie, PRBLA 2022 graduate, all serve in the United States Navy.  Marvin Munford, PRBLA 2022 graduate, Dayvion Lacy, PRBLA 2023 graduate, and Linwood Britton, PRBLA 2023 graduate, serve in the United States Army.

Under the leadership of its Superintendent, Dr. Wray, the Academy is setting records and looking forward to another record-breaking enrollment this year.

Read more from the Bladen Journal.

PRBLA is a Coalition member school. Learn more about PRBLA here.