Local Students Attend “Beating the Odds” Summit at the White House

Two local students are being recognized for outstanding academic work and higher education goals. Destiny Cobb and Tiara Benson attended the First Lady’s Beating the Odds Summit at the White House today.

Destiny and Tiara are attending on behalf of the ACCESS College Foundation, which helps college possible for students from South Hampton Roads and Northampton County.

Destiny is a graduate of Norview High School and who will attend Emory and Henry College, and Tiara, a graduate of Wilson High School, will attend Virginia State University. Tiara will be the first in her family to attend college.

Beating the Odds Summit, hosted by Reach Higher, will bring together more than 130 college-bound, high school graduates from this year’s high school graduating class from all over the country to the White House for a celebratory event with First Lady Michelle Obama. Students participated in workshops and panels led by the U.S. Department of Education, author and BridgeEdU CEO Wes Moore, and other leaders in K-12 and post-secondary education. Students represented urban, rural, foster, homeless, special needs, and under-represented youth who have overcome substantial obstacles to persist through high school and make it to a post-secondary institution.

Congratulations, Destiny and Tiara!